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.
Jun 10, 2013

From our volunteer Mia Skjoldager

Zebra
Zebra

By Mia Skjoldager:

My name is Mia Maja Skjoldager, I am 24 years old and I come from Denmark. I’ve been at Daktari for 3 weeks now out of 3 months. While I have been here I’ve taught children about the environment, animals and how we should behave around people and animals.

The Leopard Shiloweni is doing fine. First time I met him he charged straight towards me, and did it a couple of times. I must say it did make me sweat a bit. Two weeks ago we found a dead baby zebra (probably died of natural causes), and the landowner gave us permission to feed it to the leopard. Another volunteer and I dragged it in to his enclosure. In the beginning he was just watching it from a distance, but when we drove of, he took it and dragged it into the bush :-).

 

We also would like to remind you that Bonus day is coming up, GlobalGiving offers YOU a 50% match on your donation on the 12th June.

Donate online the Wednesday 12th of June from 9 am to midnight Eastern Time or 3 pm to 6 am (13th of June) European Time to boost YOUR impact

Share your African Dream and encourage YOUR friends and family to support YOUR dream too.

This is the link to BOOST your donation by 50%: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/environmentaleducationforover300children/

 

Thank you very much for your support toward the care and food for our leopard Shiloweni.

 

Best regards,

 

Ian and Michele Merrifield

Shiloweni
Shiloweni
Mia
Mia

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Jun 7, 2013

Meet Jumper!

Meet Jumper, a Verreaux’s (Black) Eagle who came to Daktari last week. Jumper had a broken wing and had to have most of it amputated. Although he cannot fly, he is still very quick on the ground as he jumps around his cage, hence his name!!

The children were really excited to meet him but a little bit nervous because of his size.  Jumper is about 60cm tall and has VERY big talons.  He is a brilliant edition to the orphanage as we have never had a black eagle before and the children can study his behavior at close hand.

Just a reminder that Bonus day is coming up, GlobalGiving offers YOU a 50% match on your donation on the 12th June.

Donate online the Wednesday 12th of June from 9 am to midnight Eastern Time or 3 pm to 6 am (13th of June) European Time to boost YOUR impact

Share your African Dream and encourage YOUR friends and family to support YOUR dream too.

This is the link to BOOST your donation by 50%: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/environmentaleducationforover300children/

Africa's environment is thanking you for your contribution.

Ian and Michele Merrifield
(Co-Founders of DAKTARI)

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May 8, 2013

Letter from Ashandy

Ashandy with two other members
Ashandy with two other members

Greetings to our lovely one’s.

How are you all? I hope you are all doing fine. How is life and all your work and studies? I’m also think everything is going well too!

 

Everything is in order at our club. Risette is doing good, guiding us well and teaching us very well too. Risette is getting help from other respective volunteers too. Everyone at the meeting is doing good and we always learning more. They are teaching us about the big 5, small 5, reptiles and much more. The think that makes me interested in the club is when we are learning about snakes.

 

I have learned that when I see a snake I don’t have to run away, because if I run it will just sense the vibration on the ground. They don’t hear anything, that’s why you can shout SNAKE! So someone can come and help.

 

The meeting with Risette and the volunteers is preventing us to go and see bad friends, those who smoke drugs. It’s good that they tell us about the danger of smoking drugs. I promise I will never drink alcohol or smoke drugs because the church that I attend doesn’t allow me that.

 

They teach me a lot, let me see if I can mange to mention them: Politeness, Respect, Mathematics, English, How to care for animals, Going on dog walks, What do I want to be when I grow up. I want to become a vet, which is an animal doctor, so I will help animals. I want them to be treated well like people. 

 

Our life in our community is very good, because everybody is enjoying. As they though us everything like how to take care of our environment, we are doing good in our community. We are still trying our best to make it look good. Our mayor has hired people from our community to clean and tell people not to throw rubbish on the land. This is how we can prevent land, air and water pollution.

 

I would like to thank you for the great job that you are all doing for us. I wish you all the best. You are such good people, because without you I don’t know if we were having the opportunities that we are having now. Thank you all and keep it up!

 

Ashandy Lewele – 16

Maahlamele High School - Grade 10

Ashandy at the reptile park
Ashandy at the reptile park
Ashandy Lewele
Ashandy Lewele

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