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Call for tourists to support anti-rhino poaching drive

Tourists passing through Kamieskroon have been encouraged to join or support the initiative.

Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - Tourists passing through the Namaqualand town of Kamieskroon have been encouraged to join or support an anti-rhino poaching drive.

Locals, led by Lisa Boonzaaier, will be selling their #RhinoLove merchandise today in the hopes of raising funds for the all-female Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit.

The unit patrols some wildlife reserves, including the Bulule Nature Reserve and Kruger National Park, to deter poachers.

Boonzaaier says the unit also contributes to the communities. "It's a very dangerous job that they're doing because these poachers are armed and they risk their lives to protect our animals, so I think they deserve our help."

The campaign coincides with Rhino Awareness Day on 22 September.