Black Mamba Video Collaboration Selected for National Geographic

Empowers Africa is proud to announce that our collaborative film with Black Bean Productions showcasing the Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit has been selected by National Geographic for their Short Film Showcase. This is a great privilege and an important platform through which to share the Mambas’ story.
The Black Mamba APU is a team that consists primarily of female rangers and has recently expanded to cover all 400 km2 of the Balule region in South Africa. Transfrontier Africa founded the Black Mamba APU in 2013 to protect the Olifants West Region of Balule Wildlife Reserve. The unit’s unique approach to the poaching crisis focuses on the education and upliftment of local communities. The Mambas are confident that this fight will not be won with guns and bullets, but rather through widespread education and empowerment of the communities that border the Balule Wildlife Reserve.
The video seen below highlights a day in the life of a Black Mamba ranger. While shooting footage for the film, Empowers Africa was able to meet some of the incredible rangers who risk their lives to protect South Africa’s wildlife. As the Black Mambas continue their noble work of challenging poachers as well as gender norms, our organization is proud to stand with such a crucial and socially empowering cause.
Thank you Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit for all that you do to save our rhinos and protect our communities. To learn more about the Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit, please visit
Video Credit: Black Bean Productions