RIP HOPE! The Passing of an Icon.
It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that Saving The Survivors has to share the devastating news that their beloved White rhino cow, Hope, is no longer with us.
She was found yesterday late afternoon without life in her boma where she has been cared for since March this year.
We don’t know yet what dimmed Hope’s light and we are left with a huge ‘WHY?’ today. The cause of death looks to be a bacterial infection of her small intestine, and we have requested further tests to shed light on this immense tragedy.
This courageous rhino has been the face of rhino poaching survivors since she survived a brutal attack in the Eastern Cape at the end of April last year.
Wandering alone in the bush for days, deeply hurt and with half her face hacked off, she survived against all odds. It was no wonder then, that she was christened Hope and became a worldwide ambassador for her species.
Her healing was described as miraculous and she continued to show a fighting spirit, bar none.
Thank you to all the veterinarians involved in treating Hope, her caretakers and everyone else that contributed to Hope’s well being!
There will always be Hope, for this iconic rhino will live on in everyone’s hearts and in STS’s mission of Creating Hope from Hurt.
Our deep condolences to our friend Dr. Johan Marais, who is the founder of Saving The Survivors and the one who discovered HOPE after she was left for dead and her horn and face was hacked off.
We will always remember your courage and will to live. We will not stop the fight to save your species from extinction and will unite to end poaching and the illegal Rhino Horn & Ivory Trade worldwide.
May you fly amongst the Angels in Heaven. You’re strength and determination to live will never die and will live on forever. RIP HOPE!