DAKTARI Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

The mission of Daktari is to inspire, motivate, and educate underprivileged children to care for their environment through the medium of a wildlife orphanage.
Oct 31, 2014

Release, New Animals and joy at DAKTARI

Dear Animal lovers,

I am glad to speak with you again and let you know about the exciting news that happened in our camp. I guess that you want to know first if our beautiful leopard is doing well. No need to worry about that, he still enjoys his time with us and thanks to your generous help, he appreciates everyday his healthy food! He doesn’t like to be disturbed too much and likes his independent life, but we are thinking to install a new enrichment device in his enclosure. It will be good to give him more excercise and make his life a bit more interesting… To be continued! I will let you know :)

While Shiloweni rests and hides in his tree, life continues in the camp. First, did you hear that we released our Mongooses? Well, we did! Our 11 Banded Mongooses are back in the wild, after quite a long time being rehabilitated. A success story that DAKTARI is very proud of! CLICK HERE to read the article and watch the video of the release! You will be surprised to see their behavior after opening the door to freedom of their cage…

We had to say Good Bye to our Mongooses, now running free in a new reserve, but we also say Hello to new faces. Indeed, we can say congratulation to… Maxi!! The BushBuck, who comes in our camp when she wants to eat and rest, just has had a lovely baby! At the beginning very shy, Maxi brings him more and more with her and we are so happy to have his presence in the camp from time to time. Check the pictures, you will understand why :)

And last but not least; 2 months ago we had a new arrival: A female Meerkat named Madonna, found abandoned on the road. She now lives at DAKTARI, with Gaspar and Tikki, who were very happy to welcome a new friend. We suspect some future baby meerkats…

Want to know more about our camp? More video, animals, children… Read our latest Newsletter!! You won’t regret it!

To finish, don't miss our new campaign! Christmas is coming and our animals need to be spoiled and loved too, as much as your loved one. DAKTARI has for you the best gift ever! Donate for 1 animal on a behalh of a loved one and receive personalized gifts: certificate, picture, video!! 2 reasons to be happy for Christmas! Hit the link for more details! :)

As always, we are so lucky to have you involved in our project. The animals are happy. The children are happy because they can learn how to take care of all the wildlife around them. We are happy! And I hope that you are also, knowing the role you play in the DAKTARI way of life!

A warm and huge THANK YOU to all of you,

Stay Tuned.

Toward their freedom
Toward their freedom
From the enclosure to the wild
From the enclosure to the wild
Maxi and her baby
Maxi and her baby
Madonna, our last arrival!
Madonna, our last arrival!

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Aug 26, 2014

Did you watch us on a Dutch TV?

Under the light, with the TV crew
Under the light, with the TV crew

Dear DAKTARI supporters,

As always, I am very exciting to let you know about the latest news developments from the camp. It is a big pleasure to share with you, extraordinary supporters, all our pulsating adventures.

The cold nights of winter are almost behind us now and everybody is welcoming the sunny and hot days with joy. The lessons are still running well. In the same time, the volunteers have even been organising some games with the kids all around the camp. A race between the "Leopards" Team and the "Lions" Team. Both kids and volunteers had a very good time.

What can I tell you that you don't know yet? 

  • DAKTARI received a TV Crew!

We were visited by NOS Jeugdjournaal, a Dutch TV crew, who came to do a short documentary about children's stories from all over the world. The children were under the spotlight for a day, with the chance to tell other children about their environmental experience at DAKTARI. This programme from the Dutch TV deals with common daily news made understandable for Dutch children. We are very proud to have accomodated them!

WATCH THE DOCUMENTARY HERE!

  • The children went on a Safari!

The 10 best kids of the last weeks at DAKTARI had the chance to go on a Game Drive at Tsakane Safari Camp, located in the Balule Nature Reserve. We are so grateful that Tsakane could sponsor them. The Head Ranger of Tsakane took them for a three-hour game drive where they were so excited to see lions, giraffes and elephants. He also gave them a short presentation on water ecology and conservation.

READ ALL THE ARTICLE AND SEE THE PICTURES HERE

  • Holiday Gift

Did you know that you can make an animal and/or a child happy and recieve your Virtual Gift for Holiday? Well, you can! Until the end of September, you can make a donation as a gift for an animal and/or a child, and as a gift on behalf of your loved one. So, interested? 

DON'T WAIT AND CHECK ALL THE DETAILS HERE!

  • Building Project

Remember that, in the last report, I mentioned our Build4DAKTARI project. So far, the campaign has been going well and we've finished building the office extension and one of the ablution block. Volunteers also have helped with the building, painting the white walls with lots of colours, flowers and animals! The result is impressive!

  • Animals News

Release of a spotted owl

DAKTARI received a call that a spotted owl was found, stuck in the fence. We were afraid that he would not be able to fly again so we took him to the vet. After taking care of him and nursing him back to full health, we released him! It was such a joy to see him fly again!!

Welcome of a new meerkat

Moholoholo Rehabilitation Center found a meerkat completly abandoned. Knowing that Meerkats are not from this area and that they need to live in group, they took him and gave him to DAKTARI. This sassy female met our 2 guys Gaspar and Tikki and the introduction seems to be going very well... 

  • DAKTARI Newsletter

Do you want to know more about our adventures? Check out our lastest newsletter: All the last events, pictures, videos, children and animals news, release, building... You won't regret it! :)

CLICK HERE TO READ OUR NEWSLETTER

I look forward to giving you more news in 3 months.

Thank you so much for your support, it is very heart warming for DAKTARI to receive such a big help from you!

Stay tuned for more stories,

Kindest Regards,

Game drive with the kids!
Game drive with the kids!
Fly again Owl! Be free!
Fly again Owl! Be free!
Madonna, our last arrival!
Madonna, our last arrival!
Bush Games - Race with the kids
Bush Games - Race with the kids
The colorfull outside of the office extension
The colorfull outside of the office extension

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Aug 21, 2014

A VERY SPECIAL TEACHER AT THE ECO-CLUB!

Mirabelle is very excited to go to school
Mirabelle is very excited to go to school

Dear Daktari Supporters,

I have been volunteering for DAKTARI as the new Outreach Manager for 3 months now, and I am enjoying it a lot :).

It is for me a very new experience and I am learning every day about the real African life, as I am getting to know better and better the kids and the community. Africa is really a magic place, nest of human kind, sweet by the sun shining almost every day and smiling faces. Africa teaches you a lot about Life, people and about yourself, as long as you remain open minded, patient and humble.  You need to find the right balance in each situation, and especially be confident in the magic of life to observe the expected achievements when it is time for them to happen. Not really thanks to yourself, but just thanks to Life, which is slowly moving and evolving through yourself, faithful and humble servitor… More than reason and intellect, it is the heart that is the engine of everything…

These are my first impressions. I do my best in contributing to the kids’ education and in helping communities, and in return, I get great surprises and heart gifts from all people I meet every day.

But let’s talk about our projects. I have a lot of happy stories to tell you :).

However, as you and us are all very busy and do not have so much time to read all what happened these last 3 months, I will send you news more regularly, once or twice a month to let you follow up our achievements and adventures without taking too much of your time.

June and July have been quiet calm at the eco-club, as it was first the writing exams period and then holidays. But as soon as they could come to the Eco-club even during this period, the children were attending happily and attentively our lessons about global warming, recycling waste, rhinos, lions, cheetahs and snakes…

We also have now a very special volunteer who is very excited every time she comes with me to the village or to school: our wonderful dog Mirabelle enjoys a lot her new position of Dogs Ambassador! She is awesome! Greeting nicely everyone, happily shaking her tail and playing with the children. She likes them so much and they begin not being afraid of her :). Hopefully they will soon understand that all dogs deserve to be treated well, as they can bring a lot of love and friendship to us. Mirabelle is also a very clever attendee during the lessons, greeting every kid for their behaviour and participation.

Thanks to your generous donations, we can go on driving to Metz and The Oaks villages twice a week to teach about 40 kids. The villages are located about 30 km from Daktari and you know that petrol is very expensive… 

Amongst other things, we can also provide our kids with useful notebooks and pencils, paintings, scissors, glue,…  as well as sometimes, for the students who work the hardest, some little environmental books they love to read and share with their families and friends.

Without your help, we could not go on educating the youngster of the Community. Please go on supporting our action to help them getting better education and being aware of the importance of respecting their natural heritage, the African treasure.

Remember you can always follow the news on our FaceBook page! (Don’t forget to like it please ;)

Speak more to you very soon.

Kindest regards.

She loves her new T-shirt!
She loves her new T-shirt!
Welcome at school Mirabelle!
Welcome at school Mirabelle!
Everybody listens carefully
Everybody listens carefully
We all enjoyed a lot being together
We all enjoyed a lot being together
In the village, everybody loves Mirabelle too!
In the village, everybody loves Mirabelle too!
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