Watch an all-female team of rangers take on elephant poachers in Zimbabwe

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Petronella Chigumbura with Akashinga rangers. (Photo: Kim Butts/National Geographics)
Petronella Chigumbura with Akashinga rangers. (Photo: Kim Butts/National Geographics)
  • From Oscar winner James Cameron and directed by Maria Wilhelm comes Akashinga: The Brave Ones
  • The film puts the spotlight an all-female team of rangers fighting elephant poaching in Zimbabwe. 
  • South Africans can watch Akashinga on the National Geographic channel (DStv 181, StarSat 220) on 12 August at 20:40. 


To celebrate World Elephant Day, National Geographic is airing Akashinga: The Brave Ones

The documentary from three-time Oscar winner James Cameron and directed by Maria Wilhelm, will premiere on the National Geographic channel (DStv 181, StarSat 220) on 12 August at 20:40

The film tells the story of Akashinga, the all-female anti-poaching unit in Zimbabwe that is facing down poachers and saving wildlife. With many of Africa’s key species, including elephants, reaching levels near extinction, Akashinga is a radical, new and highly effective weapon against poaching. 

Founded by former Australian special forces soldier and anti-poaching leader Damien Mander, the women-only team of rangers, drawn from the abused and marginalised, is revolutionising the way animals are protected and communities are empowered — and its members’ own lives are being transformed. 

"The illegal trafficking of wildlife is one of the world’s largest criminal industries, linked to terrorism and, some evidence suggests, to the pandemic we are struggling to stop," said Damien.

He added: "Wildlife trafficking must be stopped at the source. This is the job of wildlife rangers like the Akashinga. They are the first and last line of defense not just for nature, but also for humanity."

WATCH THE TRAILER HERE:

(Compiled by Herman Eloff. Source: National Geographic)

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