Africa is a continent rich with wildlife but poor in cash. Poachers plunder the savannahs and deserts, then, hunting and killing wildlife for their valuable parts. And their illegal activity is taking a toll on nature — rhinos, for instance, will be extinct in the wild by 2025.
But a group of women are fighting back, taking on poachers to save the animals that make South Africa so unique. The Black Mambas are trained in tracking and combat, but work unarmed.
“I am not afraid, I know what I am doing and I know why I am doing it,” Leitah Mkhabela, told the U.N. News Centre. ‘If you see the poachers you tell them not to try, tell them we are here and it is they who are in danger.
Since their formation, they’ve also expanded the visibility of women in traditionally male-dominated societies. They’ve shut down five poaching camps, arresting six poachers, disabled countless animal snares — and won the United Nations’ top environmental prize.
Meet this elite female ranger unit, and prepare to be inspired…