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.
Aug 6, 2014

Rescues, Surgeries and More!!

He loves smiling for the camera
He loves smiling for the camera

Dear all,

The winter chill has been in full swing, not only felt by the clothed layered humans but also by DAKTARI's most famous and elegant resident, Shiloweni. The presence of this mighty cat is felt when watching him patrol his territory; each thunderous step and piercing glare is a sharp reminder of the power this mystical African wild cat possesses. His call heard all through the night, this African prince is a spectacle of wonder for the eye that only the honored are able to witness. Despite the cold, it has done little to affect his appetite, and who can blame him! This predator needs his protein that he receives from chicken and other delicious pieces of meat.

What else at DAKTARI?

  • We recently received a call where it was brought to our attention that a Spotted Eagle Owl had unfortunately been found stuck in a fence. So we did what we do best "DAKTARI to the rescue!”. We went to collect the owl and found out that he was not in the best condition. We feared the worst for him. After a few days of some much needed TLC, a trip to the vet and some quality time with our two resident owls Alex and Sam we were able to release him. May he continue on his life’s journey!! It brought us great joy to see him fly off into the African sunset. Be free Owl and watch out for those fences! :)
  • We have some bad news and some good news regarding Erishka the mongoose. Which would you like to hear first? Ok I hear you! We'll start off with the bad news. We noticed that she was biting her own tail very badly and this was very upsetting and confusing for us. We took her to the local vet and he decided that it was best for her to have surgery to amputate her tail. We were not sure if she would be able to join our mongoose family of 10, which is soon to be released. All we could do was to wait and see how she responded. Now for the good news!! :) Since the surgery Erishka has been acting like a normal little mongoose again. Not only that but she now lives with the larger mongoose family and is due to be released with them in the near future. Well Done Erishka!
  • DAKTARI would like to announce that they have the most fierce and graceful soccer player from the 2014 Soccer World Cup. Introducing Shangaan the Caracal!! The volunteers came up with an innovative way to provide enrichment to the caracal by placing his food (a massive rat!) inside of a soccer ball with a slight hole, then tested his soccer skills by dangling the ball and making him chase it. Wow is he quick and powerful! Those claws can do serious damage to anything they sink themselves into. Just ask the soccer (doubt that's going to be possible) Ronaldo has nothing on our Shangaan!! Good kitty :)

Without the valuable and irreplaceable support from YOU, all of this great work done for these animals would not be possible. Give yourselves a pat on the back; we salute all you generous and gracious people for your un-doubtable kindness.

Do you know what other exciting news has happened at DAKTARI in the last 3 months? Read our Newsletter to find out al the juicy stories of what has been happening. Click he re

Looking so surprised!DAKTARI will take care of you
Looking so surprised!DAKTARI will take care of you
Be Free our Feathered Friend !!
Be Free our Feathered Friend !!
He patrols his territory..
He patrols his territory..
Baby Erishka enjoying her new look :)
Baby Erishka enjoying her new look :)
Soccer star Shaangaan the Caracal
Soccer star Shaangaan the Caracal

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Jun 9, 2014

Around 150 children educated at DAKTARI since 2014

The kids with their presents bag and promises
The kids with their presents bag and promises

Dear supporters,

First, I would like to say a huge THANK YOU for your continued support and interest in DAKTARI. Your trust and support mean a lot to us. 

Before I get started on the latest news from camp, we are exited to let you know about the next Microsoft YouthSpark Bonus Day! On WEDNESDAY 25th JUNE, there will be $200,000 available in matching funds from Microsoft, and the matching will be applied at 100%! It will begin at 12:00 PM (EDT) and will end June 26th, 2014 at 11:59:59 (EDT). Please check the time here depending your country and get ready on time.

If you are thinking about making a donation to one of our DAKTARI projects and you want the opportunity to DOUBLE YOUR CONTRIBUTION, here is your chance! Please look all our projects clicking here.

WHAT NEWS IN THE CAMP?

  • 150 children since the beginning of 2014

We are very proud to have had the opportunity to inspire, motivate and educate 150 underprivileged children since the beginning of the year, to care for their environment through the medium of a wildlife orphanage. Indeed, since January, DAKTARI welcomed all the grade 8 of the children from Lepono and Maahlamele School. You can read the promises of one of the children, Dineo, here. It is a good example of what kids can learn during their 5 days at DAKTARI. Note that the next school wich is waiting for us is Nareng. We can't wait to meet all of these new lovely children.

We did a survey for the children's parents, and here are a summury of the results:

- 99% of the parents have seen a difference in their child's behavior since his/her time at DAKTARI.- 87% of the parents think that their child's respect toward other people since his/her time at DAKTARI has improved.- 78% think that this stay at DAKTARI is beneficial for their kids
- For the parents, the 3 most important things are: 1. Interaction with animals (39%) / 2. Working with international volunteers (31%) / 3. One to one teaching (25%)

  • Game Drive at TSHUKUDU!

The 25th of May was a really excited day for the 10 kids who had improved the most during their time at DAKTARI. Indeed, we went on a Game Drive at Tshukudu Game Lodge with the children of Lepono and Maahlamele School. For most of the kids, although they live in a bush village, they never see any wild animals. This game drive is a chance for them to realize what they learnt at DAKTARI. Click here to read the entire article and see our game drive video.

  • We've had babies!

We have had lot of babies these last weeks such as baby porcupines, marmosets, tortoise, python and kitten. The porcupines and the marmosets were born at DAKTARI, for the others we found them lonely in the wild and we are going to organize their release in the next few months. For the kitten, we found a lovely family in town who were very happy to receive him. Kids are always very happy to see newborns, so are we! Don’t forget to follow all of our adventures on our Facebook and Twitter page!

  • The new big 5 of DAKTARI!

We have had lots of arrivals in the long-term volunteers. DAKTARI welcome a new office team, ready to take over the job! Check out here our article about the new team and their position.

  • Build4DAKTARI Campaign!

DAKTARI is developing, welcoming more and more volunteers to increase our work, so we now need to extend our facilities. The purpose of our latest campaign is to build three cement platforms to house the volunteers, two ablutions block for the children, volunteers and local staff, as well as an office extension to allow us to continue our impact on the community. Support DAKTARI and help us to achieve our goals through:http://globalgiving.org/projects/build4daktari

Thank you again for supporting us, allowing the children to have a better futur!

Your contribution represent a lot and DAKTARI will not survive without you!

See you soon for new updates and adventures from the camp! :)

Game Drive at Tshukudu
Game Drive at Tshukudu
Dineo, one of the winner at the end of a week
Dineo, one of the winner at the end of a week
Lovely children
Lovely children
Our kitten is hungry!
Our kitten is hungry!
Build4DAKTARI project
Build4DAKTARI project

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May 21, 2014

A GREAT JOB WITH DAKTARI ECO-CLUBS!

The best 8 pupils from Ramatau at the game drive
The best 8 pupils from Ramatau at the game drive

Dear Daktari Supporters,

We’re already halfway through the year – doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun?! 

Firstly, the Outreach team would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU for your continued support! Without your generous donations we would not have been able to teach our local children or launch our new and exciting community projects (more about that later!).

Thanks to your participation, we have been able to take our Ramatau eco-club 8 best attendees on a wonderful game drive at Makalali Game Reserve! The children are very grateful as they spent a great day and saw lots of animals, especially a leopard, two cheetahs and lions :)

Our eco-clubs are still going strong! With over 50 children attending at Ramatau and 20 at Maahlamele, we continue to share the importance of looking after our environment and its wildlife with lots of motivated and enthusiastic children.

Despite April being full of public holidays resulting in the schools being closed, we still ran the Eco-club and were thrilled to have many dedicated students in attendance. We've had to improvise and teach the lesson in the back of Daktari’s pickup truck! Even on Easter Monday, 15 children still came to Ramatau to learn (and of course were awarded with some Easter treats). It is fantastic to see these young people so eager to learn despite having a day off from school!

Some of our volunteers kindly ran a couple of lessons for the Eco-club. The students were taught all about diabetes (and tested their blood sugar levels!) and Russia (wrote their names using the Russian alphabet.) Check out this video of Dasha and the students singing in Russian…

Learning a russian song at Ramatau eco-club

To celebrate the Earth day on April 22nd, the kids wrote letters about saving our environment and did a very good job. You can be very proud of them.

Here is Zulu’s very nice letter, from Ramatau eco-club:

EARTHDAY speech by Zulu Walusungu 

In other very exciting news, we have recently launched our new Home-Stay family project. Our international volunteers stay for 24 hours with Maakosha and her family in The Oaks village, living a day in her life; cooking pap, helping to sell her fish at the market, wearing traditional African dress and meeting the locals. This is a fantastic opportunity for people to see and understand how our students live as well as providing extra income for Maakosha.

We are also setting up a solar cooker business selling these energy-efficient and environmentally friendly solar cookers to families in the community, saving people money, time and the environment. Follow us on Facebook for updates.

Finally, we have very exciting news about Kutullo. Check out our website for details!

Big news to announce about Kutullo... 

After 10 months of hard work to develop the Eco-club project and other new ones she did very well, we have said goodbye to Claire in April. Welcome to Jane, our new Outreach project manager, who is taking over in May.

Check out our Facebook page and website to keep up to date with our projects.

Without your generosity, the Outreach Programme wouldn’t have been able to flourish and grow; once again, many thanks from Daktari team and children!

The Lion king is there!
The Lion king is there!
Lisa at Maakosha
Lisa at Maakosha's home stay
Rakoma is studying very hard at Ramatau eco-club
Rakoma is studying very hard at Ramatau eco-club

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