Meet the Akshinga, the brave women who fight elephant hunting

Although in most parts of the world elephants are protected, unfortunately the hunting of these animals in some countries of Africa continues to be one of the most exciting and exciting sports for certain people, and there are even safaris in which the guides charge exaggerated amounts so that the hunters have the excitement of taking home the head of the animal as a trophy.

But what would happen if the hunters were hunted? Well, the akshinga They take care of that. This group, whose name means the brave, is the first female squad devoted to fighting illegal hunting, especially that of elephants.

The akshinga protect elephants

Wearing a camouflage uniform and rifles, this group of women protects the life of one of the largest elephant populations in Zimbabwe. They constantly look for wire traps in which animals can fall or any sign of illegal hunting.

Not only do they avoid hunting: they make women strong

In addition to avoiding poaching, these brave women aim to make others like them feel strong and able to fight for any just cause. His wildlife conservation model has shown that it is not a job that only men can perform.

So far, the akshinga They gather 498 people, however, expect that by 2030 two thousand more women have been recruited who can help them protect the more than 12 million hectares of nature and biodiversity that exist in Africa.

There is another group of women fighting for the life of animals

It is estimated that in South Africa a rhinoceros dies approximately every seven hours at the hands of hunters who seek to extirpate the horns to sell them on the black market. But luckily these animals have a group of allies called Black Mambas, a feminine group more that fights the illegal hunting of species that are in the nature reserve of Balule, in South Africa.

The 26 women who make up the squadron received intensive training in tracking and combat, although, unlike the akshinga, they are not armed. In addition, the mambas have an education program for the communities in which they explain issues about the conservation and care of the species.

IAPF Akashinga - Female anti-poaching rangers reclaiming ecosystems (October 2020)