Below are the profiles of seven members of South Africa’s first all female anti-poaching unit – The Black Mambas.

We are delighted to be able to EXCLUSIVELY give you the opportunity to sponsor a member of the Black Mambas team.  Simply review the profiles of the seven ladies below and decide which one you would like to sponsor.  Then go back to the Sponsor a Black Mamba page and choose which tier (standard, advanced or premium) you would like.

Please note: a full profile from each team member, including how many children they have, how many members of their family they support with their salary and what their friends and family think of their job as a Black mamba will be sent as part of your adoption package.

 

Felicia Mogakane

Born: 1988

Why did you join the Black Mambas?

I joined the Black Mambas because of the love of nature and I wanted to protect the rhinos and all the wildlife.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Patrolling the fence, checking for signs of tracks of poachers trying to get into our reserve and searching for snares in the bush.

How are you making a difference in the fight against the poaching?

Teaching the children about our animals and how it is important to protect them.

What are your hopes for the future?

To see Black Mambas expand and having more Mambas to help us fight the rhino poaching

Sponsor Felicia

 

Collet Innah Ngobeni


Born: 
1985

Why did you join the Black Mambas?

Because I love nature! I want to protect wild animals. When I saw dead rhinos on the news I told myself that enough is enough. I am going to fight for the innocent lives which are taken by cruel and greedy individuals because rhinos deserve to live just like any other animal.

What do you enjoy most about the job?

Patrolling the fence because I want people to see that we are here and protecting this reserve.

How are you making a difference in the fight against poaching?

No rhinos have been killed on our section of the reserve since we arrived. We also manage to remove all the snares that are waiting to kill other animals. Poachers are scared when they see us patrolling.

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope that the poachers can stop killing rhinos and understand the nature and values around them. I hope they can realise the need of all wild animals.

Sponsor Collet

 

Leitah Mkhabela


Born:
 1993

Why did you join the Black Mambas?

It empowers women league. To protect nature for the next generation and the rhinos from being poached.

What do you enjoy most about the job?

Since there is a team of the Black Mambas, rhino poaching is at a low level. I enjoy it because it’s all about protecting the environment and living in the bush with the big 5 which people from Europe are desperate to come to SA to see.

How are you making a difference in the fight against poaching?

We are fighting against the poachers and we are catching them. Also protecting the rhinos from poachers and removing snares that the poachers are putting in the bush to kill animals.

What are your hopes for the future?

To learn and improve my certificates and my job. Protect the Black Mambas to grow big and more successful than we are now. We need more Black Mambas to protect our nature. 

Sponsor Leitah

 

 

Ingateko Letti Mzimba


Born:
 1993

Why did you join the Black Mambas?

To fight against poaching.

What do you enjoy most about the job?

To take care of the nature for the next generation and to look after the animals.

How are you making a difference in the fight against poaching?

We catch them!

We are decreasing the high rate of rhino killings.

What are your hopes for the future?

To get a high position in this job. 

Sponsor Ingateko

 

Mozipho Yenzekile Mathebula


Born:
 1992

Why did you join the Black Mambas?

Because I love nature and I want to protect everything in it by putting a stop to poaching.

What do you enjoy most about the job?

Patrolling the fence because I want people to see that these ladies mean business.

How are you making a difference in the fight against poaching?

By being myself and loving my job. We haven’t lost any rhino in our section of the reserve since we started which has made me proud.

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope that if we continue with our job, poachers will stop doing what they are doing. Rhino are innocent animals and they deserve to live like the rest of us. If we keep doing our jobs we can put a stop to poaching forever. 

Sponsor Mozipho

 

Nocry Mzimba


Born:
 1994

Why did you join the Black Mambas?

Because I wanted to help save all wildlife, including the rhino. They need more help because of all the poaching problems.

What do you enjoy most about the job?

Sweeping because I enjoy looking for tracks to see if people have come in to our reserve. I also like to remove snares because animals can easily get caught in them and killed for meat.

How are you making a difference in the fight against poaching?

By patrolling the fence everyday to check whether the poachers have come into our reserve or not. I also like talking to our local communities about what will happen when we find the poachers! This makes people afraid to come and kill our rhino.

What are your hopes for the future?

My hope is to find poachers and arrest them so that our rhino will be safe and our future generation will be able to see the rhino and all other wildlife.

Sponsor Nocry

 

Tlangelani Nkhinika


Born:
 1995

Why did you join the Black Mambas?

Because I love nature.

What do you enjoy most about the job?

Sweeping and looking for snares and tracks.

How are you making a difference in the fight against poaching?

I think since we joined the Black Mamba team there is a low percent of rhinos killed.

We fight against rhino poaching!

What are your hopes for the future?

To achieve more in this job.

Sponsor Tlangelani