The Black Mambas protect rhinos from poachers in South Africa (VIDEO).

Embedded With the Black Mambas, an Elite All-Female Unit Protecting Rhinos From Poachers (Video)

Embedded With the Black Mambas, an Elite All-Female Unit Protecting Rhinos From Poachers (Video)

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Jan. 31 2017 7:52 AM

The Rhino Guardians

A short film on the Black Mambas, an all-female team that protects South Africa's rhinos.

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In South Africa, three dozen women are protecting rhinos from poachers.* They are the Black Mambas, the world’s first all-female anti-poaching unit.

In this short documentary titled The Rhino Guardians, Dan Sadgrove spotlights the Black Mambas and their mission. Breaking free from the patriarchal community they hail from, they are doing a job previously done only by men. They patrol the Balule Game Reserve unarmed; they confront poachers nonviolently. They are committed to eliminate illegal poaching through education and conservation. As seen in the film above, their lives constantly are at risk—both from poachers and from the towering animals they protect.

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*Correction, Feb. 6, 2017: This post originally misstated that there are two dozen women in a group protecting rhinos in South Africa. There are three dozen.

Madeline Raynor is a Slate freelance video blogger.