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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.

SOME OF OUR SURVIVORS

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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Hope

There will always be Hope, for this iconic Rhino will live on in everyone’s hearts and in Saving The Survivors mission of Creating Hope from Hurt.

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Vrystaat

Vrystaat and Impi, both 2-year-old orphan male rhinos, lived on a privately owned South African farm, with anti-poaching security close to the Botswana border.

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Impi

Impi, a 6-month-old Southern White Rhino heifer who now lives at The Rhino Orphanage, was attacked by Lions in January 2022.

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Thandi

Thandi became the first ever Rhino to survive a poaching attack. Over the course of several months Saving The Survivors were involved in her treatment and she made a remarkable recovery.

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Mr F

Saving The Survivors veterinary team attended to Mr F, the adult Elephant bull who is suffering from a long bone fracture in his forearm.

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Samson

A 40-year-old Southern White Rhino who lives on a private reserve in South Africa was first shot by poachers in 2014 through the back of his neck.

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BUSH JOURNALS

Namibia reports record numbers of Rhino poaching for 2022
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Namibia reports record numbers of Rhino poaching for 2022

Poachers turn their sights on Namibian Rhino. The number of endangered Rhinos poached in Namibia last year was the highest on record and almost twice as many as the year before, officials say. A total of 87 Rhinos were killed compared with 45 in 2021, official government data show. However, Elephant poaching in Namibia has … Continued

Zero Rhino Poached in India!
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Zero Rhino Poached in India!

For the first time since 1977, zero Rhinos were poached in Indias parks. In May 2021, a new Chief Minister of the Indian state of Assam set out to thoroughly put an end to poaching in the state’s protected areas. Now 20 months later, the forestry and police departments of the state have reported that … Continued

The impact of poaching on Private Wildlife Custodians
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The impact of poaching on Private Wildlife Custodians

Saving The Survivors are committed to supporting Private Wildlife Custodians. The situation in Private Wildlife Custodians Due to countless decades of poaching of Rhino in National Parks, over half the world’s Rhino are now under the protection of private custodians who are struggling to meet the cost of protecting this endangered and heavily targeted species. … Continued

2 month progress report on baby Giraffe
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2 month progress report on baby Giraffe

Remember the young Giraffe that was suffering with ruptured ligaments? The calf has had a cast on her leg for a total of 2 months now and Dr. Johan returned this week to remove it for good. The baby has healed amazingly and as you can see in the video has now returned to live … Continued

Supporting the hero rangers who protect our wildlife
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Supporting the hero rangers who protect our wildlife

As the year comes to end, it is time to give thanks. At our STS South Africa base, the team decided to thank those who truly deserve it.  The team put together some bush orientated first aid kits for several of the rangers protecting our wildlife and putting their lives on the line. STS would … Continued

Update on injured baby Giraffe
Giraffe

Update on injured baby Giraffe

Happy Holidays! Today is Boxing Day, in some cultures this is a day for giving. For donating to those less fortunate or in need. Please could you help save the survivors and create hope from hurt? We recently reported on a baby Giraffe that was suffering with ruptured ligaments, Dr. Johan treated this animal a … Continued

The art of immobilisation
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The art of immobilisation

How do STS immobilise wild animals? Immobilising large wildlife such as Rhino is an essential procedure in our toolkit to keep these species safe. Whether we need to treat an injured animal or a more proactive anti-poaching procedure like collaring, the decision to immobilise such a large patient is never taken lightly. When we humans … Continued

Dr. Johan operates on two Big Cats!
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Dr. Johan operates on two Big Cats!

Reintroduced Lion populations pose several ecological and management challenges in smaller, fenced wildlife reserves. Changes in the natural social and ecological conditions of reintroduced Lions may lead to rapid reproduction and a breakdown of natural predator-prey relationships. To avoid culling of animals, STS was recently requested to perform one-sided hysterectomies on two female Lions that … Continued

Update on our little boy Kwayera
Southern White Rhino

Update on our little boy Kwayera

Update on Kwayera: Remember the baby orphan we rescued when he was found wandering the bush alone? For the first few days he was cared for 24/7 by our Veterinary Assistant and Baby Rhino Specialist “Dot”. This most certainly saved his life, before we could arrange for Dr. Johan to fly him to The Rhino Orphanage where … Continued

Injured three week old Giraffe needs our help!
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Injured three week old Giraffe needs our help!

We were contacted by Dr. Ryan to assist with this 3 week old Giraffe that is knuckling over on his right front fetlock joint. This is a condition we see in young foals as well, when either the extensor tendon ruptures, or some of the collateral ligaments of the joint get injured. Dr. Ryan expertly … Continued

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