Hello to all you Leopard lovers!
Shiloweni is doing really well lately, it's Summer here in South Africa and although the weather is unbearably hot for us, Shilo is loving the long grass that has erupted in his enclosure! He is not the most sociable cat and we only really get to see the odd flick of his tail these days as he stays happily hidden amongst the foliage.
It's obvious that we love him more than he loves us! But, that also makes us very happy because in his head he is still very much a wild Leopard - and always will be.
In December, as a pre-Christmas treat we decided to give Shiloweni's camp a spring clean. This doesn't happen too often as we don't like to disturb him and leave our human scent around but it is quite a big task when it does! We secured him safely on the far side of his enclosure and got to work.
A team of 10 volunteers, kitted with gloves and buckets, combed the 2,500 square metre area and scooped up an aray of discarded bones in all shapes and sizes! Enough to almost fill the back of our pick up truck...we also found the remains of a Leopard Tortoise shell, sadly the two species are obviously not companions despite sharing the same name.
We always need more funding to ensure Shiloweni's health and happiness and our safety, if you could mention our project to your friends and family or perhaps share the link below on your facebook or twitter page that would really help us to spread the word!
Here is the link you need: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/provide-food-and-care-for-our-leopard-for-one-year-1/
Thank you so much for your continued support of DAKTARI, our animals and particularly Shiloweni, we could not give him the happy life he deserves without you and we are forever grateful.
I hope you have enjoyed my little update and the pictures below,
All the best to you,
Amy Hulme - Marketing Manager
Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
We can't believe it is almost February already! 2014 is already off to a great start at DAKTARI, with all thanks going to YOU for supporting our 'Sponsor a Child' project at Christmas time.
We last wrote to you at the beginning of January to say a huge thank you for enabling us to raise enough money ($4349.25 to be exact!) to fund the first 24 children of the year, to attend DAKTARI for 5 days of environmental education.
Last week we recieved the first group of 8 children from our neighbouring township, the Oaks Village, who had a wonderful time with us. We are currently enjoying the second group of 8 children who are also from the same village, they are in grade 8 and attend Maahlamele High School - this weeks children have written you a letter, which you will find attached as a PDF document as well as copied below:
A letter from the children, written by the children...
"To all the Global Giving supporter,
Thanks you for supporting us. To come to Daktari. We like to learn about animals and many things. Daktari is a nice place. We enjoy everything in Daktari.
Thanks for helping us. From:
Kimberley, Kevin, Tony, Katlego, Shirley, Kgomotso, Thapelo, Magamane.
WE LOVE YOU!"
By this Friday, 31st January, we will have educated 16 of the 24 children you helped us to sponsor. By the end of 2014, we will have educated over 300. DAKTARI simply could not do it without you and we are so grateful!
Please keep us in mind during the days, weeks and months to come and stay in touch via our BLOG, our FACEBOOK page and on TWITTER.
All the best, Amy Hulme.
At Christmas time you made a very generous donation to one of our animals, either on behalf of a loved one, or personally from you. Here is a little update about the difference your festive gift has made...
Gasper and Tiki were hand raised as pets but when they started to bite, their owners no longer wanted them and in 2010 DAKTARI became their home. Your Christmas donations allowed us to enhance and enrich the boy’s enclosure, something we haven’t been able to do for a while. Their home is now much more interesting and stimulating– their favourite addition being a new hammock (pictured above) which they sunbath in together everyday!
Bandit (pictured below) and Munchkin were both hand raised at DAKTARI after separately being found abandoned in the wild, they are now best of friends! Your Christmas donations allowed us to enhance their enclosure with new underground tunnels, a rockery cave, hanging toys and swinging hammock, which they absolutely love playing with together!
Banchee was also hand raised as a pet and when he started to bite, he was no longer wanted and in 2013 DAKTARI became his home. Your Christmas donations allowed us to improve banchee’s enclosure with new jumping and climbing apparatus, making it much more interesting for him on his night time adventures! He also got one of his favourite biscuits (pictured below) which he is treated to every so often.
Shangaan came to DAKTARI in 2011 after being hand raised as a pet and then becoming hard to manage. Your Christmas donations are allowing us to make Shangaan’s home much more interesting, we already had plans to extend his camp, which are underway right now and with your added support we can really enrich the inside and make it exciting. He also enjoyed a large chicken on Christmas Day.
Once again, I would like to say a huge thank you on behalf of the DAKTARI animals for your support and belief at Christmas. We were all astounded by the overwhelming response this project received and only wish that you could see the impact every day like myself and the rest of the team do. I hope that this report gives you atleast an idea and that you enjoyed reading it - however, if you would like to see for yourself you can come and visit us! For more information on volunteering at DAKTARI simply click here.
From Gasper, Tiki, Bandit, Munchkin, Banchee, Molopo, Tugela, Shangaan and me, we hope you are enjoying the New Year and wish you all the very best for 2014.
Amy Hulme - DAKTARI Marketing Manager