Across Africa, poaching of elephants, lions, pangolins and rhinos is on the rise, with 96 elephants being poached every day and more than 20,000 pangolins being poached or sold live on the black market every year.
Since its creation in 2013, the Black Mambas unit (www.blackmambas.org) has been working in the 620 square kilometres Balule Nature Reserve (239 sq miles, 10 times the size of Manhattan) in the Greater Kruger National Park, to make it the most undesirable, most difficult and least profitable place for poachers.
The Black Mambas also seek to revert a trends of social and ethical decay caused in their community by this illegal trade. They strive to be role models and to educate their countryfolk.
This unit of 23 female rangers and 7 environmental monitors has received multiple wildlife conservation awards, and a documentary about their work has been nominated at three different film festivals.
Women are traditionally the primary care-givers in their communities, so the Head Warden for Balule Nature Reserve decided to set up a multi-generational female-only unit and forster their ethos to include wildlife conservation.
Having previously produced watches for professionals, Techné decided to build a collection for the rangers unit with a case made with recycled fishing nets and a solar mechanism that offers 120 days of power reserve after exposure to natural or artificial light - requiring no battery change.