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.
Mar 14, 2013

Thank you from Maxi & Mini!!

Maxi & Mini
Maxi & Mini

We thank you very much for sponsoring Maxi & Mini’s food for the year.

With the money you donated we are able to provide Maxi & Mini with vegetables, fruit, birdseeds, game pellets and nutritution milk for a whole year!

We also have some more good news about Maxi, she had another baby J The baby is still small and is too timid to come to us, however some of the Daktari volunteers and staff have seen it around the house. Her mother Maxi will hide it until she is big enough to join her.

The local children coming every week at DAKTARI, love Maxi & Mini. They never expected to be able to touch such an elegant and beautiful animal. Every time the bushbucks pay us a visit we try to involve the children in feeding and interacting with them. We tell them that they used to occur in their local villages, but because of hunting and poaching they are not there anymore. It is important to explain the children that they have to take care of their environment otherwise their will be no wildlife left for the future generation.

Thank you very much for your support toward Maxi & Mini’s food!

Best regards,

Ian and Michele Merrifield

Maxi & Mini 2
Maxi & Mini 2
Child feeding Maxi
Child feeding Maxi
Child feeding Maxi 2
Child feeding Maxi 2

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Mar 13, 2013

Thank you from Herbie!!

Eating
Eating

You have sponsored Herbie’s new home. Our lovely pig Herbie and DAKTARI thank you very much to make this possible. 

With the money you sponsored we were able to build a bigger and stronger enclosure for Herbie. We put in a cemented floor, so he cannot dig out or nothing else can dig in.  He has 2 separate enclosures, one for the night, which has a roof, so no leopard or any other predator can get in. And the other one is for during the day, now he has a lot more space to roam around in.

He loves playing in the mud and wallowing, but I think his preferred activity is EATING!!! We take him on 2 walks every day and he seems a lot happier now! Cleaning his enclosure is something different though. He really eats and lives like a pig!!

The local children we teach every week, usually like Herbie. Initially they are a bit afraid because he has gotten so big, but after a couple of days they realize that he is a sweetheart. We explain them that he is a cross breed between a bush pig and a domestic pig (which shouldn’t happen) and that they are very intelligent animals.

Thank you very much for your support toward Herbie’s new home, you have been exceptionally generous!

Lots of love from Herbie and DAKTARI.

Best regards,

Ian and Michele Merrifield

Herbie with Locki
Herbie with Locki
Daily walk
Daily walk
New home
New home
New home 2
New home 2
Mud bath
Mud bath

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Mar 13, 2013

Thank you from Pepito and Pepita!

Pepito
Pepito

Thank you very much for sponsoring Pepito and Pepita’s food for the year!

With your donation we were able to provide Pepito & Pepita with insects, fruits and mealworms for a whole year!

Pepito & Pepita are living very happily at Daktari. Every night they go out the window to forage and they come back in the early morning to eat a full plate of meal worms: Their favorite!  We were able to get more meal worms and even improve their breeding process.

Whenever the bushbabies come out, we show them to the local children that stay with us, however they are nocturnal, so it is not always possible. The children think Pepito & Pepita are very cute and YES they are!!!

Pepito and Pepita are a very good educational medium for the children. They can see they are beautiful, friendly and don’t need to be killed. They now all want bushbabies in their village and will encourage their re-introduction.

Thank you very much for your support toward Pepito & Pepita’s food!

Best regards,

Ian and Michele Merrifield

Pepita
Pepita
breeding mealworms
breeding mealworms

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