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 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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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

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