“Felicia, 27, and Joy, 24, checking and reloading cameras at Balule Nature Reserve, a private wildlife reserve in northern South Africa. Both women are members of the majority-female Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit, which has patrolled the Balule for the past two years. The reserve has an open border with Kruger National Park, which has been besieged by poachers in pursuit of wildlife — particularly rhinoceroses, whose horns are now worth hundreds of thousands of dollars on the international black market. @juliagunther_photography learned about the Black Mambas while working on a long-term photography project, “Proud Women of Africa.” The Black Mambas, she told #NYTMag via email, “are taking on a typically male role and want to prove that women can also be rangers and scouts — that they, too, can positively influence the next generation.”” By nytimes on Instagram.
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