MAJORITY FEMALE ANTI-POACHING UNIT
Protecting the black and white rhinoceros in over three million
hectares of the unfenced African savannah, deep within in the Balule Nature Reserve
Supporting The Black Mambas
When you hear the words ‘anti-poaching unit’, what’s the first thing that comes into your mind? Poachers… Guns… Snares… War… Rhino Horn… Ivory? The Black Mambas are much more than just an anti-poaching unit. Whilst their main objective is the security of the reserve and the protection of wildlife, they also strive to create a strong bond and educate the communities that live on the boundaries of Balule and the Greater Kruger Park to the benefits of saving their natural heritage. It is their belief that the ‘war’ on poaching will not be won with guns and bullets, but through social upliftment and the education of local communities surrounding the reserves.
The Black Mambas dedicated teams are constantly deployed and managed, searching for and destroying poacher’s camps, wire-snares and bush meat kitchens every day. Aerial support, specialist dogs, early detection and rapid response is all that stands between the poachers and our wildlife and technology is their biggest ally. The Black Mambas have assisted in arrests, identified and destroyed over 19 poachers’ camps and three bush meat kitchens within the ‘Buffer-Zone’ bordering Balule Nature Reserve and reduced snaring and poisoning activities by 76% within their area of operation since their deployment in 2013. Furthermore, they have been responsible for the early detection of poaching insurgents during their daily patrols which have allowed their armed units to thwart attempts to poach rhino in the area.
I do think that we can make a difference in this world and it is my hope that with PJ Kombucha, I can help people live healthier, fuller lives while being conscious of our environmental and social impacts. That’s why each bottle you purchase donates directly to the Black Mambas.
To find out more, visit the BMAPU Website