Dan Sadgrove describes his recent film on an anti-poaching group:
In 2016 I travelled to South Africa to visit The Black Mambas – the worlds first all female anti-poaching unit operating in the Balule Game Reserve in South Africa. Coming from disadvantaged communities and breaking strong patriarchal tradition, these courageous women focus on eliminating illegal wildlife trade through conservation, education and the protection of wildlife, helping to ensure the long term survival of threatened and endangered species in the area. Each day they patrol up to 20km, unarmed, looking for poachers, wire-snares, and break-ins along the fence line. Their lives are at constant risk from poachers and the dangerous wildlife they protect.
It is their belief that the war on poaching will not be won with guns and bullets, but through education within their local communities.
The Black Mambas Anti-Poaching Unit blackmambas.org
The Black Mambas are Nkateko Letti Mzimba, Cute Grace Mhlongo, Felicia Mogakane, Belinda Mzimba, Qolile Mathebula, Kedibone Malatji, Nomsa Mokgadi Malungane, Lindiwe Labina Pilusa, Remember Dikeledi, Nesti Suzen Mohale, Patience Maphanga, Thato Moroni, Amy Clark, Lukie Mahlake, Winie Nyathi, Collen Mathebula, Proud Mkansi, Dedeya Nkwinika, Happy Nkwinika, Boetie Nkosi, Maseke Tribe, Joshua Nyoni, Christopher Khwakhwa & Given Ndlovu.