Interview:The Black Mambas

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The Black Mambas

Black Mambas Anti-Poaching Unit
Black Mambas Anti-Poaching Unit

The Black Mambas with Craig Spencer & Leitah Mkhabela

Erica Salvemeni chats with Craig Spencer and Leitah Mkhabela, part of the Black Mambas Anti-Poaching Unit in South Africa. Craig Spencer is the executive director of Trans-Frontier Africa and founder of the Black Mambas, while Leitah Mkhabela is a supervisor and ambassador for the all-female anti-poaching unit. The Black Mambas initiative, started in 2013, employs 36 women from local tribal communities to protect wildlife, particularly rhinos, from poaching. Craig Spencer's motivation to create the Black Mambas came after losing rhinos to poaching, realizing the need for a different approach to conservation. He sought to invest in the young women of the community who already showed caring and nurturing attitudes towards nature, aiming for a multi-generational impact.

Both Craig and Leitah share a deep love for animals and are committed to protecting South Africa's iconic wildlife for future generations. They emphasize the importance of preserving the spiritual and philosophical values of conservation, which stem from a connection to nature and the heart. The podcast highlights the remarkable work of the Black Mambas and their dedication to preserving wildlife in South Africa.


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