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 9, 2013

Students tell you what they learn at the eco-club.

Thank you for all your amazing support and donations through GlobalGiving. With this money we are able to support, teach and guide these students on a weekly basis.

Who can tell and show you better what the project is about then the students themselves. These underprivileged students started in the eco-club last year, they were shy and had no idea what they wanted for themselves. They didn’t think much further then their matric (exam at the end of high school).  Now they have grown, they are confident and full of dreams and ideas. Just have a look at these amazing high school students:

http://youtu.be/Fn0yB9o2mFU

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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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