June 12, 2017

The Black Mamba team sure do have a busy schedule and, for us, their hard work and determination has always been inspirational. The past couple of months have been quite busy for the team. They have been in New York, 12 Black Mambas were selected to receive Senior Command training after their excellent service and natural leadership qualities were demonstrated over the years, and we’ve seen amazing progress in the search for snares north of the Olifants River.

New York, New York

On the 20th of April, the Black Mambas were honoured at the Empowers Africa Gala Dinner at the Explorers Club in New York. Empowers Africa is an American NGO that supports 35 organisations and programmes across 15 sub-Saharan countries. This year, the Black Mambas were highlighted as having achieved particularly ground-breaking work in the conservation field. Crag Spencer, Head Warden of the Balule Nature Reserve and founder of the Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit gave an opening presentation on the work of the Black Mambas.

While on their trip, the Black Mambas also met with some of the other benefactors and see a bit of New York. This was a first for Leitah and Nkateko to leave South Africa and a first for Craig to visit the United States.

The sergeants have arrived

12 Black Mambas were selected to receive Senior Command training after their excellent service and natural leadership qualities were demonstrated over the years. They were dispatched to wonderful training camp facilities, and mentored by trainers and instructors from Veterans for Wildlife! The course entailed first aid training, leadership and responsibility training and a refresher course in navigation. The ladies absolutely loved the Helcopter flight to test their aerial navigation skills. A special thanks to this amazing organisation in assisting the ladies to further excel in life. 

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Snares beware

Since the discovery and treatment of the elephant calf with a snare around its neck at the start of May, the mambas have concentrated their efforts in an area that has recently opened up to the Balule Reserve. These non-selective traps can be life-threatening to any species that come across their path, not just their intended victims. 8500ha is a lot of ground to cover, but systematically the Mambas are sweeping the area and removing all the snares that have been set in game paths to capture bush meat.

Donate

Watch this space for some more information on HI-TEC’s donation to the Black Mamba APU team. BUT, everyone can help. If you would like to find out how and where you can contribute, visit the Black Mamba APU website for more info. 

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