An All-Female Patrol Is Winning The War Against Rhino Poaching In South Africa

A new weapon has emerged in the fight against South Africa’s rhino poaching. The Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit, a team primarily of women, patrol the Balule Private Game Reserve seeking poachers.

The Balule has an open border with Kruger National Park, an Israel-size reserve that has in recent years been besieged by poachers in pursuit of the park’s famed wildlife — particularly its rhinoceroses, whose horns are now worth hundreds of thousands of dollars on the international black market.

Since forming in 2013, The Black Mamba APU has arrested six poachers, shut down five poacher camps, and reduced snaring (the practice of baiting and trapping animals) by 76%.