Celebrating World Elephant Day with new NatGeo film

"Akashinga: The Brave Ones" follows a group of women who have survived abuse who now work to protect elephants from poaching in Zimbabwe.
3:16 | 08/12/20

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Now we are going to celebrate world elephant day and the story of how an extraordinary group of women are going above and beyond to protect these majestic animals who are facing extinction in Africa. A new national geographic documentary follows the fearless female rangers, janai Norman has their inspiring story and joins us now. Good morning. Reporter: Good morning. These incredible women are helping revolutionize the fight against poaching, saving elephants by getting the community to see the economic value and preserving the animals but don't get it twisted, these women are trained like special forces and ready for battle if it comes to that. I love elephants like my children. Reporter: In Africa, elephants are headed towards extinction killing them for their ivory tusks. But Ang all female unit started just three years ago with 16 recruits is making all the difference. Lady, as we are coming here, everyone, we know we are coming here for training and it's good to work together. Reporter: Of 500 recruits only maybe 82 will have what it takes. Some will finish. Some will surrender. Let's go. Reporter: The women will confront dangerous armed poachers but they're no strangers to hardship. These ladies are like me. Their life is tough. It's a very difficult to survive. They work hard to get food. They work to have even clothes to wear. I'm going to push you. I'm going to say yes so you are going to push me back then you say no. Yes. No. I say yes. No. Can you approach the poacher? You must be aggressive and be say no. I want to know can you fight. How strong are you? Yes. Reporter: 8,000 elephants were killed in the 16 years before they arrived. Those women have been able to break open those syndicates and have a downturn in it. I'm so excited to tell them they are now accepted to be a ranger. All: I want to use my training to protect these animals. You are now a ranger. Reporter: You can see it right now streaming for free across all national geographic platforms. You will see why they're called unbreakable women and Ang unstoppable force. They are fierce, robin. Oh, my goodness, janai. Just a reminder, the strength of women all around the world and what they are doing is just incredible. Thank you so much for sharing that with us.

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