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Please join Elephants, Rhinos & People (ERP) and other concerned individuals dedicated to protecting at-risk Elephants and Rhinos in Africa, at our Annual Fundraising event to be hosted at the Sanctuary Camelback Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.  

The ERP strategy is to combat the widespread slaughter of elephants and rhinos in Southern Africa by alleviating the pressures associated with poverty in rural communities, in areas adjacent to the threatened species.  These pressures have been and are conducive to the proliferation of the slaughter of elephants and rhinos.  ERP also specializes in tactical measures to protect or rescue individually threatened elephants and rhinos in the wild, through ERP programs such as Saving the Survivors and 911Elephant.

Keynote speaker at this event will be Dr. Johan Marais of  Dr. Marais leads Saving the Survivors, an ERP program.

Date and Time: 6-10 pm; Thursday, March 30th
Location: Sanctuary Camelback Resort and Spa
5700 East McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Venue: Sunset Lawn & Praying Monk
Phone: (480) 948-2100



ERP is a 501(c)(3) | EIN 81-1973249




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A specific programme within the ERP portfolio, is rapidly becoming a leader in the field of elephant rescue operations in Southern Africa. We are able to lead and fund elephant rescue initiatives that may result in relocation, or simply by way of working with landowners to establish a sustainable, non-lethal alternative to controlling elephant numbers in overpopulated areas, and so as to avoid splitting up elephant family units.

Elephants have been following migratory patterns for generations, often covering astounding distances in their search for improved feeding areas and water. Due to increased human settlements and the development of small game farms, these migratory patterns have gradually been destroyed and elephants, in many cases, are limited to small tracts of land a fraction of the size of their historic home ranges. 

This has lead to increased pressure on elephant populations to survive and this often results in them breaching the perimeters of the reserve within which they occur. Alternatively, from an ecological point of view, the elephant populations of these smaller reserves are growing to numbers far beyond what the reserves can sustainably carry and this results in culling or hunting practices. 

To date, ERP has achieved numerous successes within this programme, including the rescue and relocation of a herd of 13 elephants from a reserve in the Kwa-Zulu Natal Province of South Africa, along with a host of individual rescues and supporting various properties in the implementation of non-lethal management alternatives.

We are currently working on rescuing circus and zoo elephants from captivity and placing them in places of safety within a natural environment. This will be done in parallel with us securing a large tract of unutilised land within a national park to serve as a safe haven for hundreds of wild elephants which will significantly reduce pressure on elephants and reserves in Southern Africa. Negotiations for both projects have been initiated.

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Saving the Survivors

Saving the Survivors was founded in 2012 by Dr Johan Marais to attend to injured endangered wildlife that has fallen victim to poaching or traumatic incidents. Whilst STS will attend to the needs of any animal that survives a poaching incident, most of Saving the Survivors’ efforts have been directed to rhinos, given the vicious attacks many of them have fallen victim to.

Due to the significant rise in poaching incident – the number of victims are rapidly increasing. Many poaching victims has been given a chance of survival after undergoing various interventions and surgical procedures performed by the STS team. Most animals are treated in their natural habitat as transporting injured wildlife increases the risk and trauma experienced by these animals.

Every case encountered is unique and tests the teams’ resolve. STS is fortunate to collaborate with world renowned clinical specialists, conservation groups and the unwavering support of the public.

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Beehive Fencing

Honey production as an economic opportunity in rural communities.

Providing mitigation methods to make allowance for peaceful
coexistence of people and elephants through:

  • Provision of improved security fencing
  • Deployment of beehives which are a deterrent for elephants and economic opportunity for the local people
  • Providing alternative water sources for elephants to prevent them crossing into community territory



Dr Johan Marais, qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 1991. He has a special interest in wildlife surgery and has performed surgery on elephant, roan, sable, buffalo and rhino. 

In 2012, Johan started a project called Saving the Survivors (STS), which was created to treat and rehabilitate victims of poaching incidents. Although he treats numerous different wildlife species, currently his time is focused on injured rhinos due to the severe pressure they are under.

Over the last two years, Johan has treated Hope, the 4-year-old rhino who has become the basis of this fundraiser’s initiative called Project Hope, which was founded to honor all of the elephants and rhinos who survive the brutality that poachers inflict upon them. 

Over the last two years, Johan has treated Hope, the 4-year-old rhino who has become the basis of this fundraiser’s initiative called Project Hope, which was founded to honor all of the elephants and rhinos who survive the brutality that poachers inflict upon them. 

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Dereck Milburn grew up in the bushveld areas of the northern parts of South Africa. After studying Ecotourism Management in Pretoria, he started his career as a professional field guide in the Kruger National Park. This formed the basis of a 10 year career in consulting in conservation management and tourism developments in southern African and abroad. This has included the management planning of over 25 Protected Areas in Southern Africa and planning tourism products for areas as far afield as Mount Cameroon in West Africa.

Dereck’s key passion is the planning and development of new protected areas in southern Africa, with an aim of range expansion for elephants and rhino, whilst ensuring that interested and affected communities receive tangible benefits from these areas. Dereck joined the ERP team in November 2016 and is responsible for the operational management of ERP projects


Arthur Wade Anderson is a social entrepreneur focused on enabling previously disadvantaged communities through social, digital and economic inclusion, He is passionate about the personal development of his team and the delivery of massive value to his customers and investors.  An IDC Beneficiary on their social investment fund, this partnership has resulted in several sustainable community infrastructure projects.

Formally educated in the U.S with a degree in Management of Information Technology and numerous technology certifications, he started his career in Project and Programme Management for Fortune 500 companies.  He took a risk to leave a lucrative corporate post to pursue his dream of building a business with community centricity at its core. Now a recipient of multiple awards including the Mail & Guardian Top 200 South Africans award in the Science and Technology sector, he has appeared on numerous technology and business television and radio programmes.  Based in Johannesburg, he helps take early and mid stage companies into the market.




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Event address: Sanctuary Resort and Spa, 5700 McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, USA