The Black Mambas- Images by Jeffrey Barbee/allianceearth.org

Collette Ngobeni, like soldiers everyhwere, is awake at dawn getting ready for a patrol. She sleeps in this rough area for up to a week, patrolling at night during the full moon phase when poachers enter the park in greater numbers. The ladies of the first all female Anti-Poaching Unit in Africa, on patrol, making roadblocks and sitting in listening posts at night in Balule Private Nature Reserve.

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