Talk about black girl magic! I read an article today about the black mamba’s the worlds first majority woman anti-poaching unit. I have a personal interest in anything surrounding poaching because the thought of killing animals for sport or financial gain is pretty awful.
Julia Gunther is a photographer who has been working on a personal project she calls the “Proud Women of Africa” which includes extraordinary women in Africa and in her words:
“Women who have fought, survived, overcome or simply ignored the obstacles that life has thrown at them,” “they never gave up. All of the women in my pictures have suffered in some way: they’ve been ostracized by society, are desperately poor, or have experienced terrible injustice. But they are also all still proud. Proud of who they are, of their lives and the love they represent.”
It comes at no surprise that she would be interested in the Black Mambas Anti Poaching Unit who she describes as inspiring because of their tenacity and spirit.
The women protect the wildlife of the region especially the endangered species like rhinos whose horns are worth thousands and are always subject to poachers.
They are described as follows:
“With a mix of lipstick, boots and camouflage fatigues, these women are watching, waiting, walking, constantly on the lookout for early evidence of poacher activity,” “They are a formidable and highly effective anti-poaching task team that is trying to defend and protect South Africa’s wildlife heritage against poaching.”
We need more stories that show the diversity of the black women. We are all so talented and ambitious but the stories tend to go unheard. I am glad Gunther is doing the project and it is awesome to know that their is a group of women out there who are fighting for nature and our animals.
Pretty darn awesome if you ask me!