Seha

Category Rhinos

On the 24th of September 2016, the day CITES CoP17 opened in Johannesburg and our President called rhinos “our proud heritage”, Saving The Survivors treated this severely injured twelve year old White rhino bull in the North West province after a vicious attack by poachers. A very despondent owner, who initially wanted to put him down because of the severity of the injuries, accepted STS’s offer of assistance in rescuing and treating him. Seha (short for Sehawukele meaning ‘have mercy on us’ in Zulu) was the only survivor after five rhinos where poached on the same property. Both his horns were hacked off leaving a gaping wound of 49 cm x 26 cm and extending into the nasal cavities.

Seha (short for Sehawukele meaning ‘have mercy on us’ in Zulu) was the only survivor after five rhinos where poached on the same property. Both his horns were hacked off leaving a gaping wound of 49 cm x 26 cm and extending into the nasal cavities. Not since Hope was left for dead and found with both her horns removed 16 months ago in an attack in the Eastern Cape, had STS encountered such callousness.

He has endured many treatments over the last few years, and has showed remarkable resolve and courage to survive. In 2018 we decided his wound has healed enough to introduce him to two females, with the result that little Daniel was born in June 2019. This underpins the concept of saving injured and poached survivors, allowing them to breed eventually as not to lose their genetics and having these animals contribute to the survival of the species.