A group of South African women who are part of an anti-poaching unit are not afraid to man-up in a nature reserve. The Black Mambas are well-trained bobbies on the beat in the Olifants West Nature Reserve, and their success can be seen in the massive drop in snaring.
The MyPlanet Rhino Fund has raised some R1.318-million in the past year to support anti-poaching efforts. On International Rhino Day, the fund reminds South Africans to take their responsibility as custodians of the planet seriously.
South Africa, home to the world's first Rhino Orphanage, aims to play a major part in the battle to protect the species. The orphanage rescues and rehabilitates the youngest victims of the illegal trade in rhino horn.
The iconic Kruger National Park – where most of the 281 rhino deaths in the country so far this year have occurred – is boosting not only its ranger numbers, but its tracking technology in an effort to thwart the syndicates that live off the trade.
• Taking the plunge for our rhinos