A source of inspiration
The Black Mambas, an all-female anti-poaching unit formed in 2013, have been a longstanding source of inspiration to their communities. These fearless women have defied initial scepticism, operating without firearms to protect wildlife, and have successfully saved numerous animals from the deadly snares of poachers.
In 2023, South Africa experienced a significant reduction in rhino poaching cases. In the first six months of the year, there was an 11% decrease compared to the previous year. While this decrease is a positive sign, the fact that more than one rhino continues to be killed per day calls for continued vigilance and action.
Over the past three years, EcoTraining has trained members of this remarkable unit annually, equipping them with essential skills to enhance their daily work.
The Black Mambas
For Goodness Mhlanga and Felicia Letong Mogokane, their current training with EcoTraining has been transformative, and they are committed to sharing their newfound knowledge with their colleagues and communities.
The power of knowledge
“This training is a game-changer for me. I understand the Big 5, animal behaviours, and all aspects of trees and birds. It’s shaping me to develop a deep connection with wildlife, and I’m eager to pass on this knowledge to others,” said Goodness Mhlanga.
“I was inspired to work in the bush because my father was a ranger in Kruger National Park, and we often accompanied him during school holidays. I couldn’t afford to attend college to follow in his footsteps, but I was fortunate to join the Black Mambas. Now, with the EcoTraining 55-Day Field Guiding course, I’ve gained valuable insights and can continue to grow personally and professionally. Working in nature daily is a privilege,” said Felicia Letong Mogokane.
The Black Mambas also lead the “Bush Babies Bush Camps”, where they teach children about the bush within the bush environment.
These inspirational women remain unwavering in their commitment to eradicating poaching and serve as role models not only within their community but also to all of us, encouraging us to be guardians of nature.