Saving the Survivors - Rhinos
Rhino horns have played a part in traditional medicine for millennia. However, never has the number of people been as great as it is today. Traditional medicine is still practised extensively in many highly populated Asian countries. This means that the pressure due to poaching on rhino populations has never been greater. This pressure has been having an unfortunate effect on rhino population numbers. The Northern white rhino subspecies is down to its last two members, which are a mother and daughter.
While the sale of rhino horns has been banned in most countries, there is a black market readily available. The country with the largest rhino population is South Africa, with Kruger National Park itself being home to about 7,000 rhinos. Official poaching numbers peaked in 2014 in South Africa, with 1215 rhinos poached. Since then, there has been a decline in poaching numbers, with a significant drop seen during COVID-19 lock downs. However, the fear is that this number will increase as lockdowns are removed.
Saving the Survivors is a charity founded by veterinarian Dr. Johan Marais in 2012. The goal is to help provide treatment for survivors of poaching. Most of these survivors are severely injured with wounds that go beyond merely losing their horns. Saving the Survivors provides medical care as well as helps rescue orphans. The hope is that these rhinos can still go on to breed and help save their species.
If you want to follow their incredible work, sign up for their newsletter. Saving the Survivors is one of the charities we at Biome Media follow closely. Whenever something from our rhino collection is purchased, half of all profits will go towards Saving The Survivors to help them provide medical care for the rhinos injured and left for dead in the hope that they will be able to help save their species.