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Thea Litschka-Koen: White Witches & Black Mambas

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Danny Mendez

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Please join me and my guest Thea Litschka-Koen, recently seen in the PBS: Nature Series special on the Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis). Thea was born in Swaziland and is the third generation in her family to live there. After developing a profound interest in snakes while helping her son with a school project; Thea began training professionally in snake handling and began responding to emergency calls from locals, removing and rescuing snakes they found. Many of which happen to be the most venomous snakes in the world, the BLACK MAMBA! Frustrated by the lack of medical services and in particular life-saving antivenoms, Thea and her reluctant but incredibly supportive husband Clifton have set up a charity Antivenom Swazi to raise funds to establish to treat snake bite victims in Swaziland. Antivenom Swazi hopes to establish an antivenom bank that can provide free antivenoms to snake bite victims throughout the country, and plans to maintain emergency stocks in two locations so that antivenom can reach any patient who needs it by road within 2 hours. Please join me as Thea joins us LIVE from Swaziland Africa to discuss a day in the life of a mamba rescuer! NOT TO BE MISSED!!!!