DAKTARI Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage
Bona Ingwe Farm - PO Box 1599 Harmony bloc 81
Ian and Michele Merrifield
Ian Merrifield, Michele Merrifield, Michele Merrifield
Wayne Merrifield, Glenda Niemand, Ian Merrifield, Gertie Kussler, Michele Merrifield, Gregg Ben, Senior Mahlomola, Michele Merrifield, Debbie Compton
The mission of Daktari is to inspire, motivate, and educate underprivileged children to care for their environment through the medium of a wildlife orphanage.
Every Monday we welcome a new group of 8 to 10 local underprivileged children for a week and give them the opportunity to discover, learn and become passionate about wildlife and conservation, their heritage. We also supplement their school curriculum in English, maths, environmental job opportunities, life skills and social issues.
Our goal is to enable today's local underprivileged children to eventually be able to secure good employment in nature reserves, thereby improving their future quality of life.
While at Daktari, many children developed a passion for the environment and created wildlife clubs at their schools. DAKTARI has developed its OUTREACH programme to support these groups. DAKTARI OUTREACH mentors these children and guide them in the protection of the environment, further nature conservation education and in obtaining careers within the ecotourism industry. By working every week with children in the village, we extend Daktari's impact to a wider population, and empower the children to be role models in their community.