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The Black Mamba APU was founded in 2013 by Transfrontier Africa and created to protect the Olifants West Region of Balule Nature Reserve in South Africa. They have recently expanded their territory to cover the entire Balule area, which is over 400km².

The Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit is the first of its kind, being that the majority of their teams are women. They have currently deployed 26 Black Mambas and a further 23 armed guards that operate within Balule and along its boundaries.

The Black Mambas are all young women from local communities, and they patrol inside the Greater Kruger national park. These fearless women are not just challenging poachers, but the status quo.

Anti-poaching is a major need in the area and the Black Mambas are constantly plagued by rhino and bush-meat poachers. Apart from antelopes, other endangered species such as wild dogs and cheetah are also sadly the victims of snaring.

The Black Mambas start each day in military style, with a parade and then are issued orders before patrols leave on their missions. The Black Mamba APU has already arrested six poachers, shut down five poacher’s camps and reduced snaring of wildlife by 76% since 2013.


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