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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

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

22Jan21
Southern White Rhino

Dr. Johan checks up on Seha.

Dr. Johan and Dorota recently attended to Seha to do a check-up and clean his wound. While it is still a large wound, he has healed tremendously over the last few years, his recovery from such a traumatic injury is what makes him an icon of Rhino conservation around the world!   Seha miraculously survived

8Jan21
Southern White Rhino

Rhino poaching Survivor “Thandi” has new Baby boy!

Thandi was one of the very first Rhinos that we saved back in 2012. She and a Bull Rhino had their horns brutally hacked away by poachers and were left for dead. A local Veterinarian Dr William Fowlds immediately tended to both Rhinos but sadly the male was lost. We then managed to treat Thandi

5Dec20
Elephant

Team STS in Mozambique change the tracking collar on a magnificent Bull Elephant.

A herd of 17 Bull Elephants in Mozambique has been evading our team for a while now, ever since the tracking collar on a 35 year old male in the group stopped working. This gang of gentlemen was recently spotted by an aerial patrol, so Dr. Hugo and Dr. Hagnesio rushed to the area. Supported

28Nov20
Education

STS South Africa outreach and education program.

This week “Dorota” from the Saving the Survivors Team in South Africa presented an awareness and education talk to Grade 5 learners from the HeronBridge College in Johannesburg. The visit opened the eyes and minds of these young learners to the current problems we face in treatment of injuries in species like elephant, lion and

25Nov20
Elephant

Young Elephant Bull caught in a Gin Trap.

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we have to report the passing of the 5 year old Elephant Bull we attended to with the Gin Trap injury in Central Mozambique. Sadly, once Dr. João arrived on scene, darted and assessed the injuries, it became clear that the damage caused by the Gin Trap

20Nov20
Conservation Support.

Dr. Joao collars multiple species in Gile National Reserve.

The recently proclaimed Reserva Nacional Gilé (RNG) in the Zambezia province of northern Mozambique remains one of the few places in the region with pristine woodland, untouched habitat and is free from permanent human settlements. Years of uncontrolled bushmeat poaching have however, brought several species to local extinction or near extinction. RNG was once home

16Nov20
Lion

STS support Lion research and protection.

Dr. Johan and the STS team in South Africa support Lion research and protection in a National Park. Researchers and wildlife management teams use tracking collars for an array of reasons. They are used to record behavioural, social patterns, track movements and demographics. More importantly, collars help teams pick up on poaching incidences, animals leaving

10Nov20
Lion

Two Lions in serious danger.

The STS Team in Mozambique were called to help solve a conflict being caused by two Lions that had wandered into community land and were killing cattle. In just 2 weeks 16 animals had been killed in total between community livestock and a cattle farmer, so the community was about to take drastic action against

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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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