About Us

Saving the Survivors was founded in 2012 by Dr Johan Marais to attend to injured endangered wildlife that have fallen victim to poaching or traumatic incidents. Whilst we will attend to the needs of any injured animal, most of our efforts have been directed at rhino due to the vicious attacks that many of them have fallen victim to.

Due to the escalation in poaching incidents, the number of victims is rapidly increasing. Fortunately many poaching victims have been given a second chance after undergoing various interventions and surgical procedures performed by our team. Most of these animals are treated in their natural habitat as transporting injured wildlife increases the risk and trauma they experience.

Every case we encounter is unique and tests our teams’ resolve. We are very fortunate to collaborate with world-renowned clinical specialists and conservation groups, and we are very grateful for the unwavering support of the public.

Veterinarians: Dr Johan Marais, Dr Zoe Glyphis and Dr Andy Fraser

Secretary: Mrs Laurian McLaren

Project coordinator: Mrs Tersia Jooste

Board of Directors: Dr Johan Marais, Mr Graham Moon, and Mr Brett McLaren

NPC No: 2015/348516/08
PBO No: 930052026

Saving the Survivors has been awarded multiple conservation awards including:

  • Rhino Conservation Awards 2014 – Winner in the category Best Science, Research and Technology
  • SA National Parks Inaugural Kudu Awards 2015 – Winner in the Professional Stakeholders category
  • Rhino Conservation Awards 2015 – Runner-up in the category Best Science, Research and Technology
  • Enviropaedia Eco-Logic Awards 2017 – Eco-Angel Bronze Award
Survivors Saved
Rhinos Poached (2015)
Elephants Poached Yearly


Rhino, elephant, cheetah, African Wild dog, lion... the list goes on! If it is endangered, then Saving the Survivors treats it! Meet some of our incredible patients!

African Wilddogs


In South Africa the African Wilddog is listed as Endangered due to ongoing threats and human-wildlife conflict. The global population is estimated to number fewer than 5 500 individuals.



Jabu is an African elephant bull. He was hand-raised by Doug and Sandi Groves. He injured his lower limb in a tussle with a wild elephant, and then later fell in a hole...



Sanbona is an adult male Cheetah. There are only approximately 1200 cheetah in South Africa. He injured his foot and was due to be relocated to a new reserve to ensure genetic diversity.



In early 2017 The Saving the Survivors Team attended to Amy, a White rhino cow whose horn was damaged in a poaching incident. After undergoing a few procedures this beautiful rhino has healed completely...



In February 2017 the Saving the Survivors Team attended to two baby rhino - Impi and Vrystaat. Unfortunately Impi didn't survive the attack as he was shot through the abdomen, but little Vrystaat is healing incredibly...



On the 24th of September 2016, the day that president Jacob Zuma opened CITES CoP17 in Johannesburg and called rhinos “our proud heritage”, Saving The Survivors treated this severely injured twelve year old White rhino bull...



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 she has quite a temper on her. Because of this she accidentally knocked off her horn and fractured her nasal bones, with infection setting into the wound and underlying paranasal sinuses...

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...



Hope - the international symbol for rhino poaching. Hope underwent numerous procedures to repair the catastrophic damage done to her by poachers. This is a tribute to a rhino we learnt so much from and that we miss every day...

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...


Our beautiful Rhino Survivor



We hope to engage, inform and inspire our next generation to help save rhino!

Right now, rhino around the world are facing a crisis which threatens to completely extinguish these important and iconic species. Poachers are killing rhinos to subsidise an illegal trade in rhino horn to satisfy increasing demands from Asian markets who see rhino horn as a status symbol and use in traditional medicines. 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 that wild rhino populations 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 Action For Rhinos & 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 rhino.

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.


There is a huge need for research on rhino and other endangered species, and Saving the Survivors is conducting some fascinating studies into the inner-workings of these species

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Saving the Survivors

Postnet Box 99
Private Bag X9
South Africa
For any emergencies or an urgent inquiry,
please contact Dr Zoe Glyphis
Dr. Zoe Glyphis BSc(Hons) BVSc
+27 (0)83 380 5700
For media, public involvement, projects &
general inquiries, contact Mrs Tersia Jooste
Mrs Tersia Jooste
+27 (0)83 759 1608
Dr. Johan Marais BVSc(Hons) MSc
+27 (0)82 556 0644
Mrs Laurian McLaren
(+44) 7443 098606

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Our Supporters & Partners

Saving the Survivors would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support. Thanks for following us on social media, and for helping us to raise awareness of the rhino poaching problem and other wildlife issues. You are our eyes and voices out there as we cannot be everywhere!