We would like to thank you for your support, it means a lot to us and to all the Eco-Club learners. Thanks to this money the children can still learn more about nature conservation and the importance of taking care of their environmental heritage.
In order to promote this cause the Daktari Outreach Programme celebrated Heritage Day the 24th of September. Many people were there to see some amazing performances: Gumboots dance, traditional songs, poems… The show’s aim was to remember what the ancestors have left behind. Not only what is in the past, but what is in their future too. To do so, the main message was to encourage the community to respect and look after the environment and the animals.
If you want to know more about this event, you can read the article we have in the local newspaper – please click on this link.
We also organized two game-drives with 16 children of the Eco-Club. The first one was in Tshukudu and the second one in Makalali. The learners were very lucky because they saw a lot of animals: more than 20 different species for each game-drive. Those excursions are essential for their training and we can only afford them thanks to your generosity. You have offered them the opportunity to realize how important is their heritage.
To finish, don’t forget our Facebook page. You will find a lot of pictures of all those events and even more... Don’t hesitate to share it with your friends!
Thank you again for your support.
(Daktari Outreach Manager)
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.