Greetings fellow conservation warriors! Thank you for taking the time to read the latest update on The Black Mambas, the world's first all female anti-poaching unit. This quarter, the Black Mambas have again been very active in theor 'snare sweeps'. This is an activity where the ladies of the Black Mambas patrol specially selected areas searching for the presence of snares, a trap that is intentionally set by poachers with the intent of catching animals. The snare is an indescriminate killing machine that will capture any animal unfortunately enough to step into it and will often result in a slow and painful death of the animal. In this quarter, a total of 69 snares were identified and removed from the landscape.
In addition to the 'snare sweeps' the Black Mambas also carry out twice daily patrols of the landscape where they are looking for signs of incursions along the fence line - a good indicator of whether potential poachers have breached the security on the protected landscape. They also are looking for signs that animals have breached the fencline and left the protected area - in these cases a team will need to be mobilised to return the animal back to the secure area.
Patrol efforts have increased to cover more of the landscape with staggered patrols, which ensure that the Mambas are able to disrupt as large portion of the landscape as possible while detecting any illegal or suspicious activity. During the full moon phases, a total of 5 teams are out on patrol, saturating the landscape in the highest risk period of the month. As we approach December and the festive season, the patrol efforts will adapt even more to saturate the landscape in areas where poachers might attempt to enter the ptorected area.The teams focus on areas where rhinos were most recently seen and reported, the Mambas will go out and observe and stay close to the rhinos to ensure their safety but also act as a deterrent to poachers. This proactive method has proven to be most effective.
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Greetings fellow conservation warriors!Thank you for taking the time to read The Black Mambas update, which shares two very critical and current topics.First, snares, a trap that is intentionally set by trespassers with the intent of catching animals, can be deadly to many forms of wildlife.This form of trap is commonly used by poachers and detection of these snares is critical to conservation efforts.The Black Mambas Anti-Poaching Unit has had tremendous success during the last quarter and have found and removed a total of 37 snares set and hidden within their surveillance areas.
Made from wire or cable, attached to a tree in the bush and characterised by a deadly noose, snares are non-selective weapons that trap and kill or injure any animal that passes through them. Non-target species, such as wild dogs, hyaenas, elephants or hippos, are also affected by this threat, which can result in injuries, loss of limbs and death. This threat is compounded by the fact that poachers sometimes forget the location of snares that have been set, leaving them in the landscape long after the poachers have departed and moved to different areas.Actions such as this cause potential danger for extended periods of time in the bush.The Black Mambas tireless efforts to locate and remove snares is critical to safety and conservation.
Also this quarter we are happy to report that The Black Mambas attended a critical refresher course on “Stop the Bleeding” taught by trained, medical professionals.During the first part of the course, The Black Mambas attended a theoretical class, during which they were reminded how to treat a patient with life-threatening bleeding with a tourniquet and by packing the wound. Later in the day a simulation was run to test their reaction when facing a patient suffering from intense bleeding from multiple body parts.This course will help The Black Mambas to deal with injuries that may occur when working in the bush.
We are proud of the work The Black Mambas continue to provide with your support.Thank you for taking the time to read and think about the critical efforts put forth by The Black Mambas, who appreciate all of the support you provide.
Greetings and a huge thank you (ngiyabonga in Zulu) from the Black Mambas and Helping Rhinos. We are glad you are here, reading our update as we have exciting news to share.
A new specialist Black Mamba team, who will focus on pro-active crime-prevention on the landscapes of Greater Kruger National Park will soon be fully operational following an intensive period of training.
Helping Rhinos is proud to have led the funding of this team which has been selected from over 200 applications received and the successful candidates were jointly chosen after a screening process by our fitness partners, the local tribal authorities and our senior Black Mambas.
The team was engaged with a specially tailored training regime for the first 6 weeks of their deployment and although their training includes the traditional para-military curriculum, we have solicited the expertise of external specialists to upskill the team to focus on the following aspects of our pro-active model:
Search-and-destroy poachers snares, traps and camps.
Conduct roaming and routine vehicle stop-and-searches.
Conduct frequent inspections and searches of contractors building sites and camps.
Regular visits to unsupervised staff quarters in remote areas.
Take responsibility for remote camera-traps and other early-warning technology.
Keep databases up-to-date on all of the above.
Hold frequent observation and information-gathering posts in hot-spots and on suspicious activities.
This team will be mobile across all the landscapes where the Black Mambas operate in the Greater Kruger National Park and will work directly with the Operations Center.
The above-mentioned duties have been carried out by the other Black Mamba teams, on an ad hoc basis, and as the responsibilities of the Mambas has increased, it has become necessary to deploy a team that focuses on these aspects, while the other teams continue with their disruptive patrols.
The Black Mambas strive to make the landscape undesirable and unprofitable for poachers and foster an ethos of environmental patriotism among the villages. This requites continuous pro-active interventions and includes disruptive patrols and information gathering at a high frequency.
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