Saving the Survivors

Creating Hope from Hurt

We look after endangered wildlife that has fallen victim to traumatic incidents

Meet some of our Survivors

These fearless rhinos are all brave and refuse to die for human greed

Education is key

We hope to engage, inform and inspire our next generation to help save our endangered wildlife


About Us

Saving the Survivors was founded in 2012 by Dr Johan Marais to attend to injured endangered wildlife that has fallen victim to poaching or traumatic incidents. Whilst STS will attend to the needs of any animal that survives a poaching incident, most of Saving the Survivors’ efforts have been directed to rhinos, given the vicious attacks many of them have fallen victim to.

Due to the significant rise in poaching incident – the number of victims are rapidly increasing. Many poaching victims has been given a chance of survival after undergoing various interventions and surgical procedures performed by the STS team. Most animals are treated in their natural habitat as transporting injured wildlife increases the risk and trauma experienced by these animals.

Every case encountered is unique and tests the teams’ resolve. STS is fortunate to collaborate with world renowned clinical specialists, conservation groups and the unwavering support of the public.

STS is an ERP initiative

Board of Directors: Dr Johan Marais, Dr Gerhard Steenkamp, Mr Brett McLaren
Secretary: Laurian McLaren
Administrative: Laurian McLaren, Dr Zoe Glyphis, Liryn de Jager
Veterinarians: Dr Johan Marais, Dr Gerhard Steenkamp, Dr Zoe Glyphis
NPC No: 2015/348516/08

STS have been awarded with multiple conservation awards including:

  • Rhino Conservation Awards – 2014
  • SA National Parks Inaugural Kudu Awards – 2005
Survivors Saved
Rhinos Poached (2015)
Elephants Poached Yearly


Meet some of our survivors below. These fearless rhinos are all very brave and refuse to die for human greed.



Mel is an adult White rhino cow that sustained a severe deep injury at the base of her front horn, which we thought was the result of a gunshot wound. On examination we found that the wound extends into the underlying nasal sinuses and...



Kwatile is a subadult White rhino cow and like Hope, she has quite a temper on her. Because of this she knocked her horn off accidentally and fractured her nasal bones, with infection setting into the wound and underlying paranasal...

Lions Den and Dingle Dell


On Friday the 30th of August 2013, three rhinos were darted by poachers and de-horned on Kapama Game Reserve. Although one bull was killed, the remaining two cows managed to survive the ordeal and were moved to the...

Lady and Higgins


These two beautiful adult White rhino, a bull and cow, were attacked in the Western Cape and their horns were brutally hacked off. Higgins’ beautiful face was the worst of the two. In addition, Higgins lost approximately 80% of his eyesight as a...



On the 8th of June 2015 “Hope”, the rhino Survivor, underwent her third procedure to repair the catastrophic damage done to her by poachers who left her for dead.Hope, the four year old white rhino, who has become the international symbol...

Thandi and Themba


Thandi and Themba, a White rhino cow and bull from the Eastern Cape were two of the very first survivors that made headlines in 2012. Both were darted, their horns hacked off and they were left to die. The reserve management found...


A story of courage and sheer determination.



We hope to engage, inform and inspire our next generation to help save rhinos.

Rhino Poaching Statistics

Right now, Africa’s rhinos are facing a crisis which threatens to completely extinguish one of the continents most important and iconic species. Poachers are killing rhinos to subsidise an illegal trade in rhino horn to satisfy increasing demands from Asian markets who use rhino horn in traditional medicines, carvings and trinkets. Poachers are decimating rhino populations, driving the species to extinction which is driving up the market price of rhino horn. It is now a real possibility Africa’s wild rhino population could become extinct within the next decade.

We know that education is the key to change and children who are engaged in nature can actively contribute to conservation. Creating Hope from Hurt is an education project created by Working For Wildlife & Saving The Survivors.

Our free resource centre provides educational topics to help school teachers, primary carers and extra curricular organisations bring conservation into the classroom and educate children about the importance of our rhinos. Our eight topical modules have been specifically written with children in mind. Each topic includes educational fact sheets and exciting activities including quizzes, word searches, cross words and colouring sheets that we hope will not only educate, but engage, inform and inspire our next generation to help save our rhinos.

As part of the campaign we also offer a free PowerPoint presentation and class talk. Due to an overwhelming amount of interest prior to our campaign launch we currently only have a limited number of dates and times available (also subject to geographical location). If you are interested in booking a class talk please contact us by email.

Please find all information here if you want to help us educating the next generation.

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Saving the Survivors would like to take this opportunity and thank all of you on behalf of the entire STS Team for the support and the time you guys spent on our page, liking and sharing posts and creating awareness of the rhino poaching problem and other wildlife issues. You are our eyes and voices out there as we cannot be everywhere.