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The Queens of the Jungle

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South Africa - Belinda Mzimba, 22, is one of the most experienced Mambas. Last November, she was able to apprehend two bushmeat poachers who had come into the Balule Nature Reserve to hunt for impalas. “One of them tried to hit me with a machete, but I was able to pepper-spray him in time” she recounts. The mother of a 5-year-old girl named Acacia, Belinda plans to remain within the Black Mambas for few more years and then become a tourist guide in the Kruger National Park.