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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

23Nov22
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

31Oct22
Giraffe

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

26Oct22
Lion

Dr. Johan translocates 2 awesome Lions!

A coalition of two magnificent male Lions were recently relocated to another reserve. The reason for this move was twofold: Firstly, many reserves have an overpopulation of Lion and the relocation assists other reserves to bring in different genetics to its own Lion population. In a perfect world there would be no fences and Lions

20Oct22
Southern White Rhino

“Ear piercing” a Rhino!

Notching is becoming a huge part in Rhino conservation. As a result, nearly all Rhinos in South Africa are “notched”. Notching is a way of identifying each individual animal. Veterinarians do this by removing a small triangle or circle of skin from the Rhino’s ear. The veterinarians do not waste this skin, they use the

12Oct22
Southern White Rhino

Saving The Survivors treat yet another poaching victim

This week Saving The Survivors got the call of yet another poaching incident. Luckily, the Southern White Rhino Bull managed to escape with his life, although he did sustain some nasty injuries. The adult Southern White Rhino Bull was shot and initially he was slightly lame on his right frontlimb. As the days progressed, the

9Oct22
Black Rhino

Update on our Black Rhino orphan

UPDATE : On the Black Rhino orphan calf who’s mother died unexpectedly in a reserve and he was left to fend for himself. After relocating him to the Rhino orphanage the little Rhino began to take a turn in his health and became weak and wouldn’t eat. Everyone on site was extremely worried about the

7Oct22
Black Rhino

Orphan Black Rhino Calf found alone and in need

Today we received a call for a difficult case. A little Black Rhino calf whose mother died unexpectedly is left in a reserve to fend for himself. At this young age, calfs are extremely dependent on their mothers for warmth, food and protection from predators. With the little calf all on his own, there is

3Oct22
Southern White Rhino

Update: one year on from White Rhino Bull split horn injury

About a year ago we treated a Southern White Rhino Bull that had split his horn and it had become infected. The 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

28Sep22
Southern White Rhino

Update on White Rhino cow injured by bull

Earlier this month we reported on this beautiful White Rhino Cow who suffered from injuries to both her back legs, which we assumed were inflicted by a Bull that attempted to cover her. The reserve staff saw her recently and it looks like she has made a complete recovery after we immobilised and treated her!

22Sep22
Southern White Rhino

World Rhino Day 2022

Today, the world comes together to celebrate the iconic Rhino. This is a time to reflect on their strength, beauty and intelligence, and to fight for a future world where Rhinos and other species thrive in their natural habitats. The history of our beloved Rhinos: Rhinos have been on the face of the earth for

21Sep22
Black Rhino

Black Rhino with a painful injury

During the late 1960’s there was over 70,000 Black Rhino which roamed the African plains. Sadly, today there are a mere 5,000 Black Rhinos remaining. Therefore, it is extremely important to treat and save every Black Rhino in need in order to preserve the species. Just before world Rhino day 2022 Dr. Johan and the

2Sep22
Southern White Rhino

Dr Johan treats Rhino with suspicious injuries

Dr. Johan rushes to treat an injured Rhino for a suspected poaching incident. This Southern White Rhino cow was reported by field rangers to be suffering from wounds on both her hind limbs. We darted her from the helicopter and on closer inspection it was clear that she must have been injured by a bull.

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!

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Saving the Survivors

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