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 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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Feb 26, 2013

Marutho & Mashabishe at Daktari

Marutho & Mashabishe
Marutho & Mashabishe

DAKTARI Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage welcomes every weeks local underprivileged children for a week of environmental education through the medium of our wildlife orphanage.

You have sponsored Marutho & Mashbishe for this week of education. These children and us thank you very much for make it possible. 

Last week we picked them up at their school and they were very excited to get into the bus for their week at Daktari. Although they have heard a lot from other students who previously attended, they were very shy and curious about what they will experience. 

We explained them they could be invited because generous people like you sponsored them. They were very surprised that individuals they don't know are so kind to give them this opportunity and they have also learnt about GIVING.

There was sad faces at departure time on Friday, but still, we couldn't stop them singing in the bus on the way back home. We have received numerous sms to beg for a return! Marutho & Mashabishe have now joined the wildlife club in the village and are continuing their learning toward a better environment. 

Thank you very much for your support toward the education of Marutho & Mashabishe. 

Best regards,

Ian and Michele Merrifield

Learning about animals
Learning about animals
Studying
Studying
Studying
Studying
Making promises to protect environment
Making promises to protect environment
Feb 19, 2013

Eight years later, Mina didn't forget Daktari

Traditional Dance at Daktari with Mina
Traditional Dance at Daktari with Mina

Dear Supporter,

Years go by and I sometime forget about how important our work is for the children we welcome at Daktari for a week of environmental education.

You are a part of this success and I would like to share with you the email I received from Mina, an underprivileged child we invited at Daktari eight years ago.

At this time, we were just starting our organisation, spent all our private savings and were scared not too succeed. However, the heart, dedication and passion were there already and I find out that these ingredients might be the keys to success. We didn't have fund but you believed in us and we can't thank you enough for that. 

Enjoy the impact you have made to Mina's life, through your support.

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Hi Michele,

My name is Mina, we met in 2005 while i was doing grade 9 at Rakgolokwana high school, my self and other students use to come to Daktari for educational purposes, i wanna thank you for the knowledge and experience you have assist me with concerning nature conservation, i am currently working as a data collator with the K2C based at Hoedspruits, i have graduated for my diploma in nature conservation and currently doing btech[degree]. i dont know how to thank you, because i started to acquire knowledge from Daktari, this place gave me a good background in terms of environmetal knowledge and i really appreciate your effort as well as uncle Ian. I hope to visit you one day.

Regards
Mina
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Today, I feel stronger than ever !!!
Thank you for being a part of this success.
Michele

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