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.
May 13, 2014

We've had babies!

Shiloweni in the big grass
Shiloweni in the big grass

Dear all,

After a very warm and rainy summer, our lovely Shiloweni found his happiness through the long grass. While he spends his time hiding we try to see him from the top of our perch. When suddenly you see a piece of tail, ear and orange spots, what a joy! Our leopard is still here with us! We would like to refresh his enclosure from its long grass but I think Shiloweni prefers it like it is now. Currently, few big pieces of meat compose his favourite meal, he really love that. Click here to watch him eat.

What else at Daktari?

  • We have had two adorable babies. Any guess from whom? Clues: they are little, love jumping everywhere, grey and brown color with a lovely face and long hair on their ears... It is... The Marmosets, King Kong and our Princess Leila!! These new cubs were really unexpected, what a surprise to discover them a morning! We are really happy for the parents, who seem very good with their new family life. The babies are still on their parents' back, but they started to open their eyes. They are so cute.
  • The Volunteers' team of DAKTARI, kitted with gloves and boots, did a good job with the crocodiles’ enclosure. The water from their pool has been completely cleaned and changed, but it seems that our two crocodiles like to live in a green water because it took them less than a week for all resoiling. To our great regret; with clear water it was easier to observe them.
  • After 4 years to raise baby banded mongooses, they are all grown up now. During this time, the cohabitation was not easy between all of them, they fought a lot and so we separated the mongooses into 3 small groups. But since a week, a lot of changes have occurred. Indeed we tried to move them, mixed them and finally they are all together now. It is a really good news to have 10 mongooses together because it means that we can now plan their release in the nature.

Here are the results: babies, rehabilitation and happiness of the animals. All of these good news are possible thanks to you. All DAKTARI are very grateful for your support. Please continue to help Shiloweni, the baby Marmosets and all the animals through this link: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/provide-food-and-care-for-our-leopard-for-one-year-1/

You can also Click here to watch our teaser about Daktari’s life and the goal of our association.

Stay tuned for news stories!

Anne-Sophie Mathieu - Marketing Manager

Email me: marketing@daktaribushschool.org

Beautiful Shiloweni !!
Beautiful Shiloweni !!
Lovely babies Marmosets
Lovely babies Marmosets
So cute
So cute
After the big cleaning of the enclosure
After the big cleaning of the enclosure
Happy Mongooses!
Happy Mongooses!

Links:

Mar 13, 2014

Our educational impact in 2013

Children in a lesson
Children in a lesson

Dear supporters, is it really March already?!

The first quarter of the New Year is almost finished and it seems to have gone by in a flash. That's not to say we haven't been super busy at DAKTARI - time flies when you're having fun!

In this report I am going to share a summary of how DAKTARI's educational programme impacted the underpriviledged children in our surrounding villages during 2013.

Highlights:

  • In 2013 we gave 330 children 5 days of evironmental education at DAKTARI
  • 42 children were chosen as winners of their week and went on a day trip to Kruger National Park
  • We received 97 volunteers from all over the world who delivered our teaching programme

Survey results:

On Monday of every week, each child was asked the same set of questions in 5 areas of knowledge. On the Friday, after receiveing DAKTARI's educational sylabus, each child was asked the same set of questions again and the scores were recorded. 

The percentages shown below are the amount of correct answers given on Mondays and the amount of correct answers given on Fridays - with the percentage increase highlighted.

1. The importance of a good education:

Monday - 81.65% | Friday - 89.30% | Increase - 07.65%

2. The importance of the eco-tourism industry:

Monday - 09.79% | Friday - 45.57% | Increase - 35.78%

3. Awareness of job opportunities:

Monday - 13.76% | Friday - 81.65% | Increase - 67.89%

4. Environmental awareness:

Monday - 26.30% | Friday - 59.02% | Increase - 32.72%

5. Life skills - HIV awareness:

Monday - 18.04% | Friday - 37.31% | Increase - 19.27%

A message from the parent of a child:

"Thank you Daktari for choosing my child on January 2013. She experienced more things and she is now respecting people and caring for people, animals and trees. I want to give the organisation word of thanks from the mother of Tiisetso Patricia Maanaso of Ramatau High School. I wish you all the best."

Thank you

We are extremely proud of what we achieved last year and we want you to be proud of the amazing contributions that you made towards our work - for which we are more than grateful.

This year we are already off to a great start and with your continued support, this year will be even better! Don't forget to stay up to date with all our news throughout the year on our website and on facebook.

Many thanks and all the best, 

Amy Hulme - Marketing Manager.

Child with baby mongoose
Child with baby mongoose
Feeding a Duiker
Feeding a Duiker
End of the week, proudly holding certificates
End of the week, proudly holding certificates
Mar 3, 2014

News from the bush!

Kids from Ramatau
Kids from Ramatau

Dear friends,

We started the new year off with a bang! Our number of learners has noticeably increased and we got great results with the career guidance.

We still go to Ramatau school and to the Oaks village every week to teach some kids about nature conservation. We work at the moment with more than 60 students in the first school and 20 kids in the second one. Your donation has a huge impact on their education and we all know that it is the most powerful weapon to improve the world.

We organized a game-drive in December with 8 learners from Maahlamele. We were very spoiled as we saw more than twenty different species! The kids were delighted and had a really great time in the bush!

In our previous report, we told you that Portia wanted to work as a receptionist. Thanks to our network, we managed to find her a 3-month-placement in a lodge, for her to get more work experience. When we visited her, she was very happy and proud to tell us what she learnt and how great it is to work with tourists in a game reserve!

We are very proud as well to announce to you that Kutullo passed his FGASA assessment. He worked very hard for it. The next step now to become a field guide is his driving license and his PDP. Well done Kutullo!

For more info, don’t forget that you can still follow us on Facebook or on our website.

The Daktari team and the learners will never thank you enough for your support!

 

Claire PASQUATO
DAKTARI Outreach Programme Manager


Game drive
Game drive
Portia at the reception
Portia at the reception
Kutullo
Kutullo
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