Safeena volunteered at Transfrontier Africa where she met The Black Mambas – a female anti-poaching unit that patrols the Balule National Reserve to combat the poaching of one of the most endangered animals on the planet: the rhino. She spent two weeks at the Transfrontier Africa Bushcamp in The Balule Nature Reserve. She went on rhino monitoring sessions with Leonie Hofstra, insect and alien vegetation bushwalks with Warren North and picket inspections with Pieter Stern. During her time in Hoedspruit, South Africa, Safeena spent time with the Black Mambas on patrol and took their portraits.
The Black Mambas (like the King Fu Nuns) are unarmed and trained to spot the signs of poachers. They are assisted by incredible women such as Charlene Penny, Amy Clark, Leonie Hofstra, Lisa Trueman and Lewyn Maefala. Transfrontier Africa also oversee The Bush Babies Environmental Educational Program.
The Black Mambas is the brainchild of Craig Spencer who is a leading Conservationist and Field Ecologist and set up the Black Mambas using a non-violent model that empowers women and supports community cohesion.