South Africa’s first and only all-female, anti-poaching unit, fighting to rescue their country’s rhinos from the edge of extinction.
Comprised of a group of local, Black women, from the communities surrounding the Kruger National Park, these military-trained women are the eyes and ears on the ground, as they patrol the bush for any signs of poachers. Their work within the boundaries of the reserve has seen rhino poaching decrease by nearly 80%. But for these women, this is only a short-term solution and a small victory in a much bigger war. To tackle the greater socio-economic problems concerned with poaching, they have adopted a longer-term view and are taking their fight beyond the reserve’s fence. In starting their Bushbabies program, the Mambas are actively going out to the schools and communities surrounding the park, instilling in the children especially, a sense of pride and duty in protecting their most precious heritage, their wildlife.
Directed by Bruce Donnelly (USA)