Even though the students have been on holiday since mid-November, we are still working hard at the Eco-Club. Especially Kutullo, who wrote for his FGASA theory exam the 5th of October and who passed successfully with 78%. Well done, Kutullo!
After the theory, Kutullo had to do his practical assessment on the 18th and the 19th of November. Everything was fine for him until the driver (not Kutullo because he doesn’t have his driving license yet) allowed two large elephant bulls to approach the vehicle at less than a meter, which created a very dangerous situation. Most incidents where people get hurt in Africa involve elephants and it is imperative for guides to know the real danger of these animals. That’s why Kutullo couldn’t pass his practical assessment.
However, it was a really good experience and his assessor emailed me this: “I will however say that I find Kutullo a very knowledgeable and personable guide and if not for that incident he would have passed easily. I also appreciate his mature response and attitude when I spoke to him after his assessment.”
So what’s next? Kutullo will have to re-do the assessment and, of course, will have to pay for that. We sometimes forget how difficult these exams are and how unpredictable animals can be… but we truly believe that Kutullo deserves a second chance to achieve his dream. And you, what do you think? The information below can help you…
This Tuesday, the 3rd of December, is a very special day for us! You can really make the difference! Microsoft YouthSpark through Global Giving is offering you an opportunity that you won’t want to miss! Every donation between $10 up to $1000 will be 100% matched! $250 000 are available, so be prepared! Matching begins at 12.00 PM EST (South Africa: 7.00 PM – Europe: 6.00 PM – UK: 5.00 PM).
This very special day will enable you to double your donation’s impact!
Please, share this information with your family and friends.
Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need any further information.
Thank you again for your support.
(Daktari Outreach Manager)
Even though the learners have been on holiday since mid-November, we are still working hard at the Eco-Club. The students always want to learn more about nature conservation.
We are developing our service of guidance in the eco-tourism field. Portia, one of our post-matric students, is looking for a job as a receptionist. We worked on her CV and, thanks to our network, we sent her application to more than 200 lodges nearby. Of course, we will keep you posted on the result!
Some of our first Eco-Club students have grown-up and, over a 3-week period, we are inviting them back to Daktari, not as kids, but as volunteers! It is a very good experience for them to teach, to work on their confidence and to meet worldwide volunteers!
That we have managed to achieve this is thanks to YOU and your financial support! We can never thank you enough for that!
This Tuesday, the 3rd of December, is a very special day for us! You can really make the difference! Microsoft YouthSpark through Global Giving is offering you the opportunity that you won’t want to miss! Every donation between $10 up to $1000 will be 100% matched! $250 000 are available, so be prepared! Matching begins at 12.00 PM EST (South Africa: 7.00 PM – Europe: 6.00 PM – UK: 5.00 PM).
As you may know, we have already organized some game-drives for those underprivileged kids because they need to be more aware of their heritage to take care of it! Those game-drives are as important as the lessons. One cannot be without the other! But for that we need money! This very special day will enable you to double your donation’s impact!
Thank you so much for your continued support of our leopard, Shiloweni! We are so grateful for your interest and for all of your donations toward his care.
One of our biggest expenses that you so kindly contribute towards is Shiloweni’s annual check-up with the vet. This costs DAKTARI a total of R5194.50 (just over $500). Although expensive, the check-up is absolutely necessary to monitor Shiloweni’s overall health, especially his teeth, as this was the reason he was not coping well in the wild.
This year, the check-up took place at the end of September and it was an especially exciting time at DAKTARI as we had a French film crew visiting us to capture the whole affair. It was also a once-in-a-life-time opportunity for the children to get up close and personal with a leopard.
Before the check-up could begin, wildlife vet, Peter Rogers, took great care to dart Shiloweni with a tranquilizer. Once the leopard was fully under the anaesthetic, the children, volunteers and staff were able to come close to watch Peter and his team at work. Of course, we had assistants on hand in case Shiloweni unexpectedly came round from the anaesthetic.
To our delight, Peter found Shiloweni to be in superb condition, much better than he had anticipated. His teeth look excellent and his blood tests showed his organ function to be healthy. Shiloweni also received a flea/tick treatment to keep any nasty parasites at bay.
During the treatment, Peter covered the leopard’s face with a damp towel to prevent his eyes from drying out and to minimize any distress. After the check-up was complete, everyone had an opportunity to come close to Shiloweni and to stroke his fur. For the children particularly, this was a very special experience and one that they were all keen to tell their friends about.
Although Shiloweni was unable to survive in the wild, the outcome of his check-up gives us encouragement that DAKTARI was right to give him a second chance. Every child who visits us here is fascinated to be able to see a leopard so close and, in this way, Shiloweni really does a lot to alter the attitudes of local people towards these amazing animals.
Since my last report in September, we have had 5 more donations taking us a further $175 towards our goal. Not only will these funds go towards Shiloweni's vet fees, they allow us to provide him with a rich, meaty diet and also help us to maintain the electric fences around his camp, keeping him (and us!) safe. Although we are still a long way off of $6000, you guys are doing a fantastic job and I am confident that we can reach our target if we keep spreading the word!
As Christmas is fast approaching, don’t forget that you can make a donation towards Shiloweni’s care on behalf of someone else as a gift using this link. We also have 2 other fantastic gift options on GlobalGiving - to sponsor a child to visit DAKTARI or to make a special Christmas donation for one of our animals.
Supporters in France can look out for the upcoming documentary on DAKTARI, which will be aired on TF1. We have still not been given a date, so please keep an eye out for more information on our Facebook page.
Our next report will be due early in 2014. Until then, from all of us here at DAKTARI, we wish you a very happy holiday season and all the best for the New Year!