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.
Apr 22, 2013

Maxi gave Vero the biggest smile!

Vero with Maxi
Vero with Maxi

Dear Friends of Maxi & Mini,

This is a brief email to show the happiness YOU are giving to Maxi & Mini our bushbucks by providing them good food. 

I received an enquiry from a blind person from France to volunteer and wasn't sure if we should have her or not at Daktari as she wasn't really in our "focus" area.
Ian thought “why not? let's have her with us anyway!".
Veronique from France is having an absolutely wonderful time in South Africa where she can feel, touch and interact with animals she has never seen as she was born blind.
Today, we are very happy that Maxi and us had given Vero this wonderful opportunity to interact with animals.

Here is the photo of Vero and Maxi enjoying the feeding time.

Thank YOU for making this possible.

Hope you have an amazing week!

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Apr 16, 2013

A day in Scotty's life.

Thank you very much for contributing towards Scotty’s food for the year!

With your donation we were able to provide Scotty with meat for the next 1.5 months!

We still need more though, our goal is to achieve a year’s food, so please keep the good work going.

Our African Hawk Eagle Scotty is looking good, she even is trying to use his injured wing more. It is going in the positive direction. She really enjoys taking her daily bath.

The local children we teach every week usually don’t know a lot about eagles. And they don’t see them as these beautiful animals, but more as a burden. Luckily we have our African Hawk Eagle that changes their opinion.

Thank you very much for your support toward Scotty’s food!

Best regards,

Ian and Michele Merrifield

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Apr 16, 2013

Inspired local students want to become a vet!

Cindy
Cindy's letter

Dear Supporting Friends,

As most of you know Herbie came to live with us at Daktari about six months ago.  Herbie is a cross between a Bush pig and a Domestic pig.  A couple of weeks ago Peter Rogers our local vet came to visit Herbie as he was becoming quite aggressive and difficult to manage.  It was decided that it was best to have him neutered.  The children who were staying at Daktari at the time joined Peter in the operation.  Some of them didn’t realize there were special doctors for animals called Vets. We all found the operation very interesting but a bit messy!!

For a few days after the operation, Herbie was a little bit sore and we had to make sure he kept dry (no swimming in the dam!).  Now however he is much happier and not aggressive at all, for some reason now he even likes men…?  He’s now back walking with the dogs twice a day and he swims in the dam and wallows in the mud, which is his favorite thing to do!  Herbie is now a VERY happy, social pig and makes us laugh on a daily basis!

Here is one of the letters that a student wrote to the vet:

 

Dear Dr Peter Rogers

 

First of all I would like to greet you and your family. The thing that me write this letter is because I wanted to thank you for helping Herbie the pig, that was very kind of you for doing an operation on the pig, and you realy showed us something we had never seen before. I learned something important so that if the animals are sick I will call you. I don’t have much words to say but I just wanted to say Thank You.

 

Yours faithfully

Cindy

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