“I finally met the famous Black Mambas Anti-poaching Unit!”

When Palloma Pachiti, PACE Champion and expert educator in Zimbabwe kindly reviewed drafts of the new PACE educational materials earlier this year, she was excited to read about the Black Mambas from South Africa.  Palloma runs the Sebakwe Conservation and Education Centre in the Midlands of Zimbabwe.  What she read about the Black Mamba’s work immediately inspired her to add new dimensions to her own projects with communities in Zimbabwe. We were so pleased, that even in draft form, the PACE materials were fulfilling purpose – sharing solutions to conservation problems between communities and countries across Africa. Somebody somewhere has found a solution, and the Mambas have done that with style!

The Black Mambas are an all-female anti-poaching unit that works in the Balue Nature Reserve, part of the greater Kruger National Park in South Africa. They have become role models in their communities and famous internationally for their approach, style and impact. They feature in the new PACE Careers in Conservation module.

Last week Palloma was a resource person at the hugely successful World Youth Wildlife Summit hosted by the Southern Africa Wildlife College, Hoedspruit in South Africa. Just one of the many successes of the summit was giving these ladies (all there to inspire the youth) a chance to meet face to face. Huge thanks to the organisers for making that possible, and for your work enabling and empowering our future leaders.