On the 24th of September 2016, the day that president Jacob Zuma opened CITES CoP17 in Johannesburg and 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 the animal. 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 has shown tremendous resolution, almost audacity by not taking this attempt on his life lying down. Despite the severity of his wounds and the pain he must endure when they are attended to, there’s nothing wrong with the appetite of this big guy. He is gobbling up everything that is put down in front of him, with a fondness for the green lucerne. This is a good sign because as long he is eating well, it means the healing process is progressing.

Seha continues to surprise us every day, and he has just been relocated to a bigger camp. He has also been introduced to two female rhino, of which he has already covered one!

We need your help to fund his treatments. We are consulting with veterinarians and human plastic surgeons to find a way to best heal his wound, and we need your support!

animals, southafrica, endangered, conservation, wildlife, rhino, poaching, rhinopoaching, surgery, veterinary, big5, savingthesurvivors, seha, sts


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    Zara Bending

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    Dorette van Heerden

    R11,758 raised

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    Peter Kettle

    R5,798 raised

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    Grant Mankee

    R2,799 raised

4 Fundraiser projects


  1. Kathryn Higgins

    23 October 2019

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    23 September 2019

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    23 August 2019

150 Donations

Fundraiser projects

4 Fundraiser projects

Zara's 30th Birthday Gift for Rhinos

By Zara Bending

Help me celebrate my 30th by supporting a cause close to my heart.

100% Completed
A$2,015 raised
A$2,000 Target

Peter Kettle's 100 mile Cycling Challenge

By Peter Kettle

Proud to be part of the Saving the Survivors team, cycling the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 o...

66% Completed
£330 raised
£500 Target

Gustav's Save the Rhino Fund

By Dorette van Heerden

I am fundraising to help care for injured rhinos that have fallen victim to poaching or traumatic...

90.4461538461538% Completed
R11,758 raised
R13,000 Target

Marathon & Cycle 100 miler for Saving the Survivors (Rhino)

By Grant Mankee

I'll be doing the London Marathon and the Ride London 100 for this worthwhile cause. Please space...

32.6% Completed
£163 raised
£500 Target