Veterans for Wildlife regularly deploys volunteers to the world-famous Black Mambas, stationed in Balule Nature Reserve. The members of this majority female anti-poaching unit fulfill critical deterrence, intelligence gathering and education functions across the area. All of which contribute to greater information-sharing, security and awareness in relation to the poaching epidemic.

Our volunteers support the Black Mambas through a variety of embedded training and mentoring programmes. Living and working alongside the ladies, these programmes have focussed on basic skills transfer, women’s empowerment as well as the development of command, leadership and management.

Indeed, in 2017 Veterans for Wildlife was extremely proud to deliver the first senior command, leadership and management course to the Black Mambas. Facilitating promotion to Sergeant for those ladies who successfully completed the training to the standard required.

As a sign of our ongoing commitment and support to the Black Mambas, Veterans for Wildlife has recently appointed a ‘full-time’ Project Coordinator responsible for driving home our strategy both on the ground in South Africa as well as abroad.

 

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