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Creating hope from hurt

We treat endangered wild animals 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.

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.

27,000 elephants poached yearly

1028 rhinos poached in 2017

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.

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Some of our Survivors

Some of our Survivors

Rhinos

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 over a year ago.

Rhinos

Hope

It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that Saving The Survivors has to share the devastating news that our beloved White rhino cow, Hope, is no longer with us.

Wilddogs

African Wilddogs

African Wild dogs, or Painted Wolves, are one of Africa’s most endangered species.

Cheetahs

Sanbona

Sanbona is an adult male cheetah. He was captured by our team in order to assess the damage to his foot and to prepare him for relocation to a new reserve.

Rhinos

Seha

Saving The Survivors treated this severely injured twelve year old White rhino bull in the North West province after a vicious attack by poachers.

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Bush Journal

13Aug21
Southern White Rhino

Young Rhino with infected horn.

This young Southern White Rhino bull damaged his horn at the growth area while he was in a fight with an older mature bull.  Unfortunately the horn split and became infected soon thereafter and the one horn became two horns.  To correct the horn growth, we have cut off both front horns at the base,

30Jul21
Southern White Rhino

Young orphan Rhino needs our help!

Orphaned rhino calves are fed foal milk replacer, which is closest in composition to the milk of their mothers. Most are being fed either via a bottle or bucket, with a teat attached to it, while some can be trained to drink from the bucket itself.   This 6-month-old calf was bottle fed and swallowed

15Jul21
Buffalo

A Buffalo bull with a painful injury.

This magnificent wild Buffalo bull sustained an injury to his sheath and the reserve manager noticed that he is reluctant to breed. The bull was captured and put into a boma holding facility, so that the he can easily be located and examined on a daily basis. Together with the attending veterinarian, Dr. Johan decided

29Jun21
Southern White Rhino

Dr. Johan and the STS team in South Africa rush to the aid of a badly injured Rhino.

Here you see Dr. Johan performing surgery on a Southern White Rhino bull that sustained a severe injury to his lower abdomen from another Rhino. Performing surgery in the bush under the hot African sun is not always easy. More so for the animal, as if they lie for an extended period in the scorching

18Jun21
Southern White Rhino

Daniel is 2 years old today!

A healthy male baby Rhino was born in 2019, from two poaching survivors, named Lucky and Seha. The bull Seha, is a rare survivor of a brutal poaching incident in 2016 and was saved by the veterinary team of Saving the Survivors after being found in a pool of blood. The female Lucky, was shot

17May21
Southern White Rhino

Dr. Johan treats an impressive, 40 year old Rhino Bull for a poacher’s gun shot wound.

Earlier this week The STS Team in South Africa rushed to the aid of a Rhino that had reportedly been shot in a poaching attempt on a private reserve in the Limpopo region. Rangers managed to locate the injured Rhino and direct the helicopter through the thick bush so that Dr. Johan could dart and

10May21
Southern White Rhino

Southern White Rhino Bull with a broken horn.

A huge White Rhino bull broke through two fences recently and got into a fight with some of the other Rhino. Unfortunately he damaged his front horn in the process and the reserve manager asked STS for assistance. Last weekend we got a chance to immobilise him and examine his horn. Not only was the

26Apr21
Elephant

Happy ending for Elephant calf.

Recently the STS team in South Africa responded to assist with an injured elephant calf. It was noted that the calf was trailing behind the herd and reports suggested the calf had an injury to the side of the head. We assisted the local veterinarian who proceeded to dart the calf from the helicopter, and

12Apr21
Giraffe

Dr. Johan treats a subadult Giraffe with a snare wound.

The STS team in South Africa were asked to attend to a subadult Giraffe that had been seen carrying its hindlimb for the last 3 weeks. Unfortunately due to thick bush and long grass the animal is seen irregularly and the reserve could not ascertain what exactly was wrong. After a 4 hour search the

22Mar21
Southern White Rhino

Poachers shoot 2 White Rhinos.

Recently poachers gained access to a very well guarded reserve and shot 2 White Rhinos. Sadly the female of the pair succumbed to her injuries. While the male was shot in the neck, the bullet fortunately missed all vital structures and he was able to escape with his horn and his life! Although the bullet

9Mar21
Southern White Rhino

The STS team in South Africa tend to a pregnant victim.

This pregnant Southern White Rhino was shot in the head in an attempted poaching incident to hack off her horns. The STS South Africa team was called in to immobilise and examine her. Fortunately all vital structures were missed by the bullet but it remains lodged in the muscle of the neck area. To remove

25Jan21
Hyena

Update on our Pioneering Hyenas.

Have you been following the journey of the four spotted Hyenas that we translocated with the Peace Parks Foundation from Sabie Game Park in Mozambique to Zinave National Park? We darted the Hyenas in Sabie, transported them to Karingani Game Reserve for disease-testing, and again sedated before being flown to Zinave. Upon arrival, the clan

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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!

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Saving the Survivors

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