SHOP DONATE
Your cart is empty
Category: Related Work

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 go to hospital and require treatment under anaesthetic, the Doctor will ask us not to eat 24 hours before, they know our medical history and will weigh us and calculate the exact amount of drugs required to keep us under for the correct amount of time and monitor us closely during the whole process.

Obviously when dealing with wild animals we can’t be 100% accurate on any of that, we don’t think a Rhino would listen if we asked it not to eat for 24 hours, let alone step on some scales! This is where we rely on the knowledge and expertise of our Vets and the awesome reserve management, staff and rangers who all contribute to safe sedation of our patients.

What happens when the reversal drug is administered?

Sometimes following administering the reversal drug, animals can violently burst into life! Especially Black Rhino! Others can appear “drunk” and stumble a little before they fully come round. This is where the selfless rangers and reserve staff bravely assist the often 2 ton animals regain their balance!

Sadly, in very rare circumstances, individual animals can take a turn for the worse during immobilisation and not wake up, or not recover from the procedure. Thankfully these cases are very few and far between, but this does add to the weight of consideration when deciding whether to immobilise an animal. It is never without risk. But our Vets and staff always do all we can to ensure the risk is minimised.

Thank you to everyone who supports STS, without your support this work would just not be possible.

How can I support Saving The Survivors?

Please donate to ensure that we are always on hand to tend to Africa’s most special species. You can support our work by becoming a monthly or one-off donor. Donate here. Every single penny you donate goes directly towards supporting vulnerable wildlife.

You can also help support our work by following us on social media. This helps by giving animals a voice and by raising awareness of the issues facing them. Please take a look at what our supporters think and share your own views. Take a look at our facebook here.

MORE BUSH JOURNAL

Seha's Journey : Soon to be a Dad again?
Southern White Rhino

Seha's Journey : Soon to be a Dad again?

The Ultimate Rhino Survivor Thriving Against the Odds In the vast, dusty plains of Africa, where the sunsets paint the sky in hues of orange and gold, a remarkable story of resilience and hope unfolds. This is the story of Seha, our ultimate Rhino survivor, who has overcome unimaginable odds and is now thriving in … Continued

Happy Birthday Daniel!
Southern White Rhino

Happy Birthday Daniel!

Celebrating Daniel’s 5th Birthday: A Story of Resilience and Friendship At Saving The Survivors, every Rhino’s journey is a testament to resilience, hope, and the incredible bonds formed along the way. Today, we are thrilled to celebrate the 5th birthday of Daniel, a remarkable young Rhino who embodies the spirit of survival and kindness. Daniel’s … Continued

Breakthrough in Elephant Communication Research
Elephant

Breakthrough in Elephant Communication Research

📢🐘 Hey Elephant! What’s your name? 📢🐘 We’re thrilled to share groundbreaking research by Michael A. Pardo and George Wittemyer from Colorado State University, revealing that African savannah Elephants call one another by ‘name’! 🐘💬 Using machine learning and field playback experiments, researchers discovered that Elephants have individually specific, name-like calls to address their family … Continued

A Full Moon Rescue:
Southern White Rhino

A Full Moon Rescue:

Saving a White Rhino from Poachers Under the serene light of a full moon, poachers once again struck, targeting one of nature’s magnificent creatures. This time, a Southern White Rhino cow became their victim. In the early hours of the following morning, a vigilant field ranger noticed the cow limping, with blood visible on her … Continued

Exciting Update from Saving The Survivors!
Black Rhino

Exciting Update from Saving The Survivors!

We are thrilled to share a glimpse into our latest efforts to protect and conserve the magnificent Black Rhino population in South Africa! Thanks to your incredible support, our team, led by founder and lead veterinarian Dr. Johan Marais, recently embarked on a daring mission to dart and collar two Black Rhinos as part of … Continued

Saving Lives, One X-Ray at a Time!
Elephant

Saving Lives, One X-Ray at a Time!

At Saving The Survivors, our mission is to heal and protect the precious wildlife that graces our planet. Recently, our dedicated team embarked on an incredible journey to help an 8-month-old orphaned Elephant calf under the compassionate care of our founder and head veterinarian, Dr. Johan Marais. This little calf has been struggling with a … Continued

Reflecting on Hope's Story:
News

Reflecting on Hope's Story:

Have We Learned Anything? Nearly a decade ago, wildlife photographer Adrian Steirn shared the poignant story of Hope, a resilient Rhino who survived a brutal poaching attack that left her mutilated and without her horns. Over 1.5 million people have since watched her journey, moved by her strength and the groundbreaking care she received from … Continued

Discovering the True Big Five
Buffalo

Discovering the True Big Five

When you hear the term “Big Five,” vivid images of Africa’s majestic wildlife likely come to mind. Originally, this term described the five most challenging animals to hunt: the Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Elephant, and African Buffalo. Today, however, the Big Five symbolise the ultimate wildlife experience, showcasing these incredible creatures in their natural habitats. At … Continued

Ongoing Rhino Anatomy Research
News

Ongoing Rhino Anatomy Research

Exploring Uncharted Territory: Saving The Survivors’ Breakthrough in Rhino Anatomy Research At Saving The Survivors, our mission has always been clear: to protect and rehabilitate Rhino survivors in their journey back to health and freedom. Yet, amidst our tireless efforts, we encountered a formidable obstacle – the scarcity of detailed information on Rhino anatomy within … Continued

Hope Update
Anti-poaching

Hope Update

Hope’s Latest Triumphs: A Beacon of Hope in the Fight Against Wildlife Crime A Moonlit Vigilance In the heart of the African bush, where the moon casts its luminous glow, our anti-poaching hero, Hope, stands steadfast alongside our dedicated rangers. This week, under the watchful gaze of what’s ominously dubbed as the “Poacher’s Moon,” Hope’s … Continued

12 years with Thandi
News

12 years with Thandi

A Journey from Tragedy to Triumph The Tale of Thandi: A Symbol of Survival and Hope Twelve years ago, the serene landscapes of the Kariega Game Reserve were shattered by a devastating poaching incident, a stark reminder of the threats facing endangered African wildlife. Amidst this tragedy, where two precious Rhinos fell victim, a glimmer … Continued

World Wildlife Day 2024
News

World Wildlife Day 2024

Connecting People and Planet: Exploring Digital Innovation in Wildlife Conservation Embracing Digital Frontiers in African Wildlife Conservation As we celebrate World Wildlife Day 3rd March 2024, this year’s focus is – “Connecting People and Planet: Exploring Digital Innovation in Wildlife Conservation.” At STS, we spotlight the transformative role of digital technology in safeguarding the rich … Continued