Environmental Education for over 300 Children

Apr 16, 2013

Inspired local students want to become a vet!

Cindy's letter

Dear Supporting Friends,

As most of you know Herbie came to live with us at Daktari about six months ago.  Herbie is a cross between a Bush pig and a Domestic pig.  A couple of weeks ago Peter Rogers our local vet came to visit Herbie as he was becoming quite aggressive and difficult to manage.  It was decided that it was best to have him neutered.  The children who were staying at Daktari at the time joined Peter in the operation.  Some of them didn’t realize there were special doctors for animals called Vets. We all found the operation very interesting but a bit messy!!

For a few days after the operation, Herbie was a little bit sore and we had to make sure he kept dry (no swimming in the dam!).  Now however he is much happier and not aggressive at all, for some reason now he even likes men…?  He’s now back walking with the dogs twice a day and he swims in the dam and wallows in the mud, which is his favorite thing to do!  Herbie is now a VERY happy, social pig and makes us laugh on a daily basis!

Here is one of the letters that a student wrote to the vet:


Dear Dr Peter Rogers


First of all I would like to greet you and your family. The thing that me write this letter is because I wanted to thank you for helping Herbie the pig, that was very kind of you for doing an operation on the pig, and you realy showed us something we had never seen before. I learned something important so that if the animals are sick I will call you. I don’t have much words to say but I just wanted to say Thank You.


Yours faithfully




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Project Leader

Michele Merrifield

Hoedspruit, Limpopo South Africa

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Map of Environmental Education for over 300 Children