#ProudlySA: Black Mambas inspire Hollywood film

2 December 2016

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Cape Town - SA's own team of wonder women, the Black Mambas are known in SA for their committed efforts to protect our wildlife, and now the world will see their story as they inspire a new anti-poaching Hollywood drama.

In 2015 the Black Mambas received the United Nations Champions of the Earth accolade as well as Best Conservation Practitioner Category of the annual Rhino Conservation Awards, hosted by the Department of Environmental Affairs and the Game Rangers Association of Africa.

A number of movies have been release recently advocating the plight for elephants including Leonardo DiCaprio's 'The Ivory Game', and now the fearless Black Mambas are the inspiration for a Hollywood film set to be produced by Jessica Chastain, known for her roles in 'The Help' and 'Zero Dark Thirty'.

According to IndieWire, Chastain will produce the drama based on the Black Mambas' story of combatting poaching in South Africa. The movie will be written by the “Walking Dead” star and “Eclipsed” playwright Danai Gurira.

The Black Mamba Anti Poaching Unit was founded to protect Olifants West Nature Reserve in Balule from poaching. The original group consisted of six women and has grown to cover the entire Balule. What makes this APU special is that it consists mostly of women from local, previously disadvantaged communities. The Black Mambas protect the western boundary fence of the Greater Kruger National Park and does not only conduct anti-poaching operations, but also educates communities in the area on the benefits of conservation and rhino protection. Read the full story here:

Source: News24 29 November 2016