Excellent news! With the help of your donation, we now have enough funding to supply our beloved porcupine with food for the whole year.
Yster celebrated his fundraising success with a big, fat potato before falling asleep in the lapa like a dog.
He really is a very affectionate chap, licking the hands of the volunteers with his rough tongue and letting us tickle him behind the ears. Lately he has tried taking this friendliness to another level, by trying to climb onto the sofas with us in the evenings. Unfortunately, porcupines have exceptionally stinky urine, so we are not encouraging this behaviour. However, we still love him very much and we always look forward to his nightly visits.
There has been a sudden surge in porcupines within the camp - obviously word has gotten out about our larder of food! Of course, we cannot feed all the porcupines in the bush, so we are concentrating our efforts Yster and another hand-raised porcupine named Spikey.
Spikey recently brought her babies to see us in the lapa. It is always so special to see a hand-raised animal doing so well at integrating with her own kind. Porcupines are monogamous whilst raising young, so it makes us happy to think of Spikey with her little family. We hope that, in time, Yster will also start a family of his own.
Thank you so much for helping us to continue our vital work. DAKTARI simply couldn't function without the support of people like you and we are so very grateful for your kindess and generosity.
Love from all of us here at DAKTARI
Every week, thanks to the Daktari Outreach Programme, about 40 learners receive lessons about nature conservation and help for their career guidance.
Kutullo is one of them. Thanks to your donation, he is now registered for exams, which will enable him to qualify as a Professional Field Guide.
With your help, he is going to take his FGASA exam (Field Guides Association of South Africa) the 5th October. He received some books for him to study. We can already tell you that he is working very hard! Of course we will keep you posted on the result.
If he passes this exam, he will be registered at the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT), which will enable him to find a job.
Thank you very much for your support toward Kutullo’s dream of becoming a field guide.
Kutullo is very grateful for all you have done for him!
The Eco-Club and all the Daktari Bush School team.
Spring is in the air and Daktari has a spring in it’s step with a brand new team of long-term volunteers. Michele and Ian are being kept busy and entertained by Aby, Amy, Louise and Claire who are in charge of volunteers, marketing, fundraising and the outreach programme respectively.
In July, along with the help of our maintenance volunteer, Sebastien, we held a street party to raise funds for Daktari. All the local projects were invited to join us and we raised over R5000. A great time was had by all and Michele even got involved in the cooking of the sausages!
As well as human additions, we also have some exciting new animals here at Daktari.
First of all, we welcomed a group of Dassies, or Rock Rabbits as they are sometimes known. At first they were a bit unsure of their new enclosure and they climbed the trees in an effort to escape! They have since settled in nicely and can be seen basking in the sun on a warm day.
We have also made room for a beautiful Pearl-spotted Owlet who will remain with us until her wing is strong enough for release. A permanent home has been offered to a yet-to-be-named Long-crested Eagle who is blind in one eye and therefore does not have the distance vision required for hunting prey.
The final addition is our Thick-tailed Bushbaby, Banchee. This little darling was hand-raised so is unable to fend for herself in the wild. She now has a safe ‘forever’ home with us here at Daktari.
Of course, the children continue to delight and challenge us each week. They learn so much and teach us a thing or two in the process!
Take 2 minutes out of your day to watch DAKTARI NEWS and let our children share a few facts about their favourite animals:
Thabiso and the Ostrich
Natasha and the Meerkats
Once again, we cannot thank you enough for your continued support. It would not be possible for us to continue our work in environmental education without the help of people like you. Thank you for making a difference!