At the end of the day .… “The Black Mambas anti-poaching group in Africa”!!


~~September 14, 2015~~ 


Majority Female Ranger Unit from South Africa Wins Top UN Environmental Prize

The Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit, a South African and majority-women ranger group, has been announced as one of the winners of the United Nation’s top environmental accolade, the Champions of the Earth award.

With this award, in the Inspiration and Action category, UNEP is recognizing the rapid and impressive impact The Black Mamba Unit has made in combating poaching and the courage required to accomplish it.

UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said, “Community-led initiatives are crucial to combatting the illegal wildlife trade and the Black Mambas highlight the importance and effectiveness of local knowledge and commitment.”


“Their many successes are a result of their impressive courage and determination to make a difference in their community. The Black Mambas are an inspiration not only locally, but across the world to all those working to eliminate the scourge of the illegal wildlife trade.”


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Since being founded in 2013, the 26-member unit has also helped arrest six poachers, reduced snaring by 76 per cent, removed over 1,000 snares and put 5 poachers’ camps and 2 bush meat kitchens out of action.

The area that they protect, the Balule Private Game Reserve, is home to an abundance of wildlife – including not only rhino but leopards, lions, elephants, cheetahs and hippos. It is part of the Greater Kruger National Park, a network of over 2 million hectares of protected areas that is home to thousands of birds, impalas, giraffes, wildebeest, buffalos, antelopes, hyenas, crocodiles, fish and zebras.

Protecting the rhino is vital in South Africa, where 1,215 rhinos were killed in 2014 alone. This is an increase of over 12,000 percent since 2004 and symptomatic of a devastating epidemic that has pushed the rhino closer to the edge of extinction.

Leitah Mkhabela, a member of the Black Mamba rangers, said:

“I am not afraid, I know what I am doing and I know why I am doing it. If you see the poachers you tell them not to try, tell them we are here and it is they who are in danger.”

“Animals deserve to live they have a right to live.

Do your part.

When demand ends, the killing will end.

Say yes to life.

Say no to illegal rhino horn and elephant ivory.”


Their difficult, intense and dangerous work both within and outside the park fundamentally undermines the international poaching syndicates that threaten to wipe out populations of rhino and elephant in the wild.

The award, to be presented in New York on the 27 September 2015, is in acknowledgment of this fierce, practical courage.

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~UN Says Anti-Poaching Group Are Champions Of The Earth~

~Published on Sep 10, 2015~

The Black Mamba anti-poaching group in Africa just received the UN’s Champions of the Earth Award for Inspiration and Action. The group, composed mostly of women, patrols the Balule Private Game Reserve in South Africa, dissembling snares, looking for poachers and avoiding wildlife.


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~Champions of the Earth 2014~

~Published on Feb 18, 2015~

Passion. Action. Hope.

Last year’s 2014 Laureates offered these virtues in spades … and offered an optimistic outlook on the future of the environment.

Now is the time to nominate those who inspire you see a better future as well.


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To start the day …. “August 12 …. World Elephant Day”!!


~~August 12, 2015~~ 


August 12 is World Elephant Day and brings people together to help conserve and protect elephants from the numerous threats they face.

The World Elephant Day mission is to spread awareness, share knowledge, and provide solutions for better care and management of both captive and wild elephants.

Elephants are now going extinct at a rate of one every 14 minutes.
Without mercy humans are destroying the elephants faster and faster.
Unequivocally the world must end the ivory trade.

Poaching, human-elephant conflict, habitat loss, exploitation and abuse are all underpinned by social, political, economic and environmental realities in the countries where elephants reside – in captivity or in the wild.


On August 12, 2012, the inaugural World Elephant Day was launched to bring attention to the urgent plight of Asian and African elephants. The elephant is loved, revered and respected by people and cultures around the world, yet we balance on the brink of seeing the last of this magnificent creature.

The escalation of poaching, habitat loss, human-elephant conflict and mistreatment in captivity are just some of the threats to both African and Asian elephants. Working towards better protection for wild elephants, improving enforcement policies to prevent the illegal poaching and trade of ivory, conserving elephant habitats, better treatment for captive elephants and, when appropriate, reintroducing captive elephants into natural, protected sanctuaries are the goals that numerous elephant conservation organizations are focusing on around the world.

World Elephant Day asks you to experience elephants in non-exploitive and sustainable environments where elephants can thrive under care and protection.

On World Elephant Day, August 12, express your concern, share your knowledge and support solutions for the better care of captive and wild elephants alike.

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We admire elephants in part because they demonstrate what we consider the finest human traits: empathy, self-awareness, and social intelligence. But the way we treat them puts on display the very worst of human behavior.”

Graydon Carter, Editor of Vanity Fair

Elephants are simply one more natural resource that is being caught up in human greed on the one hand and human need on the other.  We somehow need people to become reacquainted with nature or they can have no clue as to the inter-relatedness of cause and effect.”

Dr. Stephen Blake, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology

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~~World Elephant Day~~

~~Published on Aug 13, 2014~~

Its world Elephant day and the Nairobi elephant orphanage in Kenya has been celebrating by highlighting the plight of Africa’s elephants which are threatened by surging rates of illegal poaching.

Hundreds of Elephants have been massacred in the last couple of year across Sub-Saharan pushing the animals to the brink of extinction




~~Celebrate World Elephant Day 2015~~

~~Published on Aug 11, 2015~~

Every day at the DSWT is World Elephant Day. But today is a chance for us to celebrate the species together and let the world know why they need our protection. Watch as our Nursery Head Keeper, Edwin Lusichi takes us through a day in his life caring for orphaned baby elephants at our orphanage in Nairobi.


~~Umani Springs – Kibwezi Forest~~

~~Published on Aug 7, 2015~~

Umani Springs in the Kibwezi Forest – our third and most recent rehabilitation unit – nestled within a paradise where the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has a concession from the Kenya Forest Service to manage and protect this unique and treasured ground water forest abutting the Chyulu Hills National Park.

Now home to ten of our orphaned elephants and numerous wild herds along with a multitude of other fauna and flora Umani Springs Lodge enables a privileged few a home from home within this extremely special ecosystem.


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Thoughts for today, #151 …. “Trophy Hunters”!!


~~May 6, 2015~~ 

Trophy hunting is the selective hunting of wild game animals. Although parts of the slain animal may be kept as a hunting trophy or memorial (usually the skin, antlers and/or head), the carcass itself is sometimes used as food.

Trophy hunting has firm supporters and opponents. Public debate about trophy hunting often centers on the question of the morality of sport hunting and the question of the extent to which the money paid by trophy hunters benefits the population of game animals and the local economy.

Trophy hunting should not be confused with poaching, the practice of taking game illegally.



A hunting trophy is an item prepared from the body of a game animal killed by a hunter and kept as a souvenir of the successful hunting or fishing expedition.

Often, the heads or entire bodies are processed by a taxidermist, although sometimes other body parts such as teeth, tusks or horns are used as the trophies.

Such trophies are often displayed in the hunter’s home or office, and often in specially designed “trophy rooms,” sometimes called “game rooms” or “gun rooms,” in which the hunter’s weaponry is displayed as well.

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Best wishes to the “Just married” couple”? ….. Think not!!

~~September 30, 2014~~

“We’ve seen some sick things in our time, hunting and poaching, animal abuse, neglect its all abuse.

Seriously though “Just Married“. Well Scott if this is the way you treat a lady, then frankly you are no man, and for the lady to actually believe this is ethically “moral” then she is just as bad.

We are actually lost for words, its not the first time we’ve seen something like this. Proposals over a dead hunted corpse is one thing, this though is just a smack in the face to Africans. It’s ALL OK though because Scott (last name were leaving out) states after a mortified friend asked “Tell me you didn’t kill that beautiful Zebra”

Scott replies – No. I trained him to lay there for pictures. Seriously though, yes I did. All of it was used. None of it wasted.

It is an animal, not a human.


That kill was far more humane than anything mother nature had in store for him so no need to tell me I’m cruel.

Lions chasing a zebra for food is not natural but killing with a gun and then posing over the dead carcass with a “just married” sign IS ……

We will let you be the judge and jury on this. Frankly we feel sick and are angered over this.

Over and out.”

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