Dr Johan Marais, the vet, photographer and CEO of #savingthesurvivors Growing up in Etosha, Namibia, and on the Highveld of South Africa, Johan became a qualified veterinary surgeon in 1991. From then, Johan spent years in equine racing before being a senior lecturer, then later head of the Equine Clinic in Pretoria. Johan has been the president for both the South African Equine Veterinary Association and the South African Veterinary Association and acquired a BVSc Honours degree in 2001 and an MSc degree in wildlife in 2007. For over two decades, Dr Marais has been a qualified veterinary surgeon. Although he has spent much of his life as an equine surgeon, saving the survivors soon became his calling.
In 2012, his vision became a reality. Dr Marais and his new team of experts began to tackle the poaching crisis from a veterinary perspective. The countless animals saved has given Johan Marais the worldwide recognition he deserves as one of South Africa’s true national treasures.
Saving The Survivors
Veterinary care of animals that survived wildlife crime,