A tale of triumph unfolds as the Black Mambas, a fearless all-female anti-poaching unit, continues to redefine the landscape of conservation. The year 2023 brought a glimmer of hope with a notable drop in rhino poaching cases, yet the haunting reality of over one rhino perishing daily demanded unwavering vigilance.

Since their inception in 2013, the Black Mambas have stood as a beacon of inspiration, challenging skepticism by patrolling without firearms and rescuing countless animals from the clutches of poachers. Enter EcoTraining, a venerable organization with a 30-year legacy of nurturing a bond between humanity and nature. For the past three years, they’ve played a pivotal role in molding two new heroes annually within the ranks of the Black Mambas.

For Goodness Mhlanga and Felicia Letong Mogokane, this training journey with EcoTraining is nothing short of transformative. Goodness, a guide well-versed in the intricacies of the Big 5 and the nuances of wildlife, sees this experience as a game-changer. She’s eager to impart her newfound wisdom, fostering a profound connection with nature.

Felicia, inspired by her ranger father from Kruger National Park, found her calling in the Black Mambas. Unable to afford college, she embraced the opportunity to grow personally and professionally through the EcoTraining 55-Day Field Guiding course. Nature, for her, is not just a workplace but a daily privilege.

The knowledge gained through this training becomes a powerful lens, enhancing their understanding of the environment. Armed with insights, they are better equipped to make informed decisions when navigating the intricate tapestry of animals and nature.

But the impact doesn’t end there. Through this initiative, the Black Mambas stand empowered to lead “Bush Babies Bush Camps,” a unique venture where they impart the wonders of the bush to children within its very heart. The echo of their courage and dedication reverberates, painting a brighter future where humans and wildlife coexist harmoniously.

 

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