Remembering Sudan, The Last Male Northern White Rhino

On March 19th 2018, a rhino named Sudan passed away at the age of 45 years of age.  His death saw the conservation world and the wildlife community mourn. March 19th 2018 was a dark day for many. While rhinos can live up to 60 in captivity, their life expectancy in the wild is in

Climb Mount Kilimanjaro with Saving the Survivors

Looking to challenge yourself this year and trek in of the most scenic locations in the world while raising money for Saving the Survivors? We’re looking for people to join us on a life changing adventure between 14th -21st November 2020 as we climb the famous Mount Kilimanjaro. This trek is for people who love adventure,

How You Can Help Saving the Survivors in 2020

As we embark on a new decade, many amongst us will have made resolutions and pledges for the new year ahead. As 2019 drew to a close, we watched in horror as raging wildfires swept across Australia with almost half a billion animals killed and fears of entire species being wiped out.  For many people,

Why You Should Send Hope, Not Cards This Christmas

The average person spends over £50 on sending Christmas cards each year. Cards which within weeks, find themselves in the bin and forgotten about. This year, we’re urging our supporters to calculate the cost of purchasing greeting cards and postage and instead, send a message of hope this Christmas. Simply donate what you would normally

Elephant and Rhino Skin Suturing – An Update

The closure of large wounds in elephants and rhino is a substantial challenge for veterinarians.  This is especially true if there is no underlying bone that may be used to fasten dressings like elephant leather, which will protect the wound and keep it sealed for better healing.  The Saving the Survivors vets were the first

The Story of Cussy & Mickey

After spotting Dr. Johan, Cussy and Mickey ran straight over to the fence to say hello.   Cussy, our little white rhino, was abandoned by his mother at only 6 months old, in a large game reserve. We gave them two days to meet up. But after no signs of a reunion, we made the

GPS Collars Proven Vital After Crop Crisis

Dr. Joao and team sts were recently called out to a farm in the Panjane community. The previous night a group of 12 elephants destroyed 2 hectares and agricultural fields. The precious crops were the only food source that 3 families had. Everything was gone in less than 2 hours. Following this, team sts, with

Mourning Mothers Come Together After Losing Calves

You might remember two months ago, when 2 female white rhinos tragically lost their calves? This was due to two of the older bulls fighting. To prevent any further injuries Dr. Johan Marais and team sts were called in to relocate the bulls. Since then, the two mothers have been spending most of their time together. They

Remembering the Fallen for World Ranger Day

We stand with the rangers for #WorldRangerDay   Rangers are the first line of defence in Protected Areas. Additionally, they are devoted to safeguarding our Parks, landscapes and the wildlife they hold.   This day is a celebration of the committed and brave guards of the natural heritage, and their work. Today we commemorate and

Human-Elephant Conflict Solved in the Pajane Community

STS and partners take the first steps to address Human- Elephant conflict (HEC) in the Panjane community.   You might remember our recent post about the Human-Elephant conflict situation? A few weeks ago in southern Mozambique, a group of 8 elephants destroyed precious crops from multiple families, leaving the land near bare. After the first

Finding the Real Lion King

Last week, Dr. Joao Almeida from the STS Mozambique team, travelled to central Mozambique. There he was to deploy 3 GPS collars on lions living in Coutada 9. Coutada 9 protects 400,000 hectares of wilderness in a private-community partnership. This aims to re-establish the wilderness areas that provide key habitat for a number of important

Saving the Survivors Celebrates One Year of Dr. Joao Almeida

Hours of travel, 100’s of translocations, countless snare removals, numerous collarings, and endless lives saved. Saving the Survivors celebrates one year of Dr. Joao Almeida. Please join us in celebrating Dr. Joao and all of his tireless achievements for the benefit of wildlife conservation. We cannot do what we do without your support, please continue to

Dr. Johan Attends to Injured White Rhino

Searching for a needle in a haystack – that is what the STS team did recently. Dr Johan was called out to attend to a White rhino. It appeared this cow had an injury to her backside of unknown origin.     There are several rhino on this large reserve. We managed to see all

First Elephant Collar Deployed in Banhine National Park

In support of the National Administration of Conservation Areas, STS, Peace Parks Foundation and partners. We deployed a satellite collar on an elephant for the first time ever, in Banhine National Park (BNP). Banhine is a critically important component of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area. Due to the fact it lies within the wildlife

Rocking for Rhinos Raise Money for Wildlife Conservation

You may remember Gareth Putter from Rocking for Rhinos? He completed the 30 day Rhino Tower challenge for wildlife conservation.   Since then, Gareth and his dedicated team have continued to raise funds. Following this, their final total will be split between 5 wildlife conservation organisations. #savingthesurvivors were one of those conservation organisations!   We

Elephant Found Seriously Injured

On the second day of the Limpopo NP collaring operation, the team located and darted a lone elephant bull in the southern section of the park. We selected this bull for collaring because lone males are often the explorers. They can provide key data on protected area connectivity. Furthermore, large elephant bulls are also preferred

Dr Joao Leads Successful First Week of Elephant Collaring

This week, #teamsts in partnership with PPF, Elephants Alive and ANAC began the elephant collaring operation. It is going extremely well with 6 animals being fitted with brand new satellite collars and 2 recollared. These animals are also based around the protected landscape.   Limpopo National Park (Mozambique) is 1 million hectares in size. With

Newborn Calf Two Weeks On

Two weeks ago, we shared with you the incredible news that Seha and Lucky became parents to a little calf called, Daniel. We are happy to report that this adorable little rhino has been doing extremely well. He is drinking regularly, sleeping when his tummy is full, and nudging his mother during his playtime –

An Insight into Dr Johan Marais

Dr. Johan Marais, the vet, photographer and CEO of #savingthesurvivors Growing up in Etosha, Namibia and on the Highveld of South Africa Johan became a qualified veterinary surgeon in 1991. From then, Johan spent years in equine racing, before being a senior lecturer, then later head of the Equine Clinic in Pretoria. Johan has been