After a vicious attack, this rhino was still standing.
Poachers had hacked half her face off to get to her horns and then left her to die.
But she had other ideas. She wanted to live.

Saving the Survivor, an organization dedicated to saving poached rhinos is helping her walk the long way to recovery.
https://www.facebook.com/savingthesurvivors

We were invited to meet this amazing animal with the name, Hope.
Our day began at the crack of dawn.
We made our way to Shamwari Game Reserve’s wildlife center through mud and bumpy dirt roads-
it’s Africa after all.
Upon our arrival, we met the Saving the Survivor team for a short introduction to what was happening that day.

Hope was grazing peacefully, unaware that she had to undergo another procedure. The longest yet.

photocredit: angie raab

#bootsontheground

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Hope, enjoying a crisp morning in her boma….

We watched her getting darted. Once she was down, we walked in to observe, photograph and film what this rhino is going through in order to survive, to observe what humans had done to her and to observe how humans are helping her to recover.

 

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Cleaning the wound…..

 

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I am getting a closer look, holding back tears while realizing what humans are capable off.

 

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Dr. Will Fowlds, quietly covering Hope’s eyes up.

 

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A rhino’s ears are very sensitive. These “plugs” help keeping the noise at a minimum.

 

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Making sure she stays under.

 

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Dr. Johan Marais in action.

 

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A rhino’s hoofed foot.

 

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Looking into a survivor’s eye, knowing what this animal went through, s humbling.

 

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Trying to fit the shield…

 

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…and it breaks.

 

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A rhino cannot lie down for long periods of time. Here the crew is helping Hope back on her feet.

 

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Dr. William Fowlds.

 

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A moment of peace for both the vet and the rhino…

 

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...while the creative work on a new shield with a different material.

 

 

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Clare, filming the procedure.

 

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Worried faces.

 

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Hope.

 

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Caring faces of the people around her.

 

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Helping hands…

 

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Caring hands….

 

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Dr. Fowlds giving the antedote. Now the waiting game begins. Will she get up?

 

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Tears of relief are running down our faces.

Where there is life…there is Hope.
Where there is strength…there is Hope.

She has a long road ahead of her. She touched our hearts and souls.

Please support Saving the Survivors and their impressive work.
http://savingthesurvivors.co.za

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