Dear Animal lovers,
I am glad to speak with you again and let you know about the exciting news that happened in our camp. I guess that you want to know first if our beautiful leopard is doing well. No need to worry about that, he still enjoys his time with us and thanks to your generous help, he appreciates everyday his healthy food! He doesn’t like to be disturbed too much and likes his independent life, but we are thinking to install a new enrichment device in his enclosure. It will be good to give him more excercise and make his life a bit more interesting… To be continued! I will let you know :)
While Shiloweni rests and hides in his tree, life continues in the camp. First, did you hear that we released our Mongooses? Well, we did! Our 11 Banded Mongooses are back in the wild, after quite a long time being rehabilitated. A success story that DAKTARI is very proud of! CLICK HERE to read the article and watch the video of the release! You will be surprised to see their behavior after opening the door to freedom of their cage…
We had to say Good Bye to our Mongooses, now running free in a new reserve, but we also say Hello to new faces. Indeed, we can say congratulation to… Maxi!! The BushBuck, who comes in our camp when she wants to eat and rest, just has had a lovely baby! At the beginning very shy, Maxi brings him more and more with her and we are so happy to have his presence in the camp from time to time. Check the pictures, you will understand why :)
And last but not least; 2 months ago we had a new arrival: A female Meerkat named Madonna, found abandoned on the road. She now lives at DAKTARI, with Gaspar and Tikki, who were very happy to welcome a new friend. We suspect some future baby meerkats…
Want to know more about our camp? More video, animals, children… Read our latest Newsletter!! You won’t regret it!
To finish, don't miss our new campaign! Christmas is coming and our animals need to be spoiled and loved too, as much as your loved one. DAKTARI has for you the best gift ever! Donate for 1 animal on a behalh of a loved one and receive personalized gifts: certificate, picture, video!! 2 reasons to be happy for Christmas! Hit the link for more details! :)
As always, we are so lucky to have you involved in our project. The animals are happy. The children are happy because they can learn how to take care of all the wildlife around them. We are happy! And I hope that you are also, knowing the role you play in the DAKTARI way of life!
A warm and huge THANK YOU to all of you,
The winter chill has been in full swing, not only felt by the clothed layered humans but also by DAKTARI's most famous and elegant resident, Shiloweni. The presence of this mighty cat is felt when watching him patrol his territory; each thunderous step and piercing glare is a sharp reminder of the power this mystical African wild cat possesses. His call heard all through the night, this African prince is a spectacle of wonder for the eye that only the honored are able to witness. Despite the cold, it has done little to affect his appetite, and who can blame him! This predator needs his protein that he receives from chicken and other delicious pieces of meat.
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Without the valuable and irreplaceable support from YOU, all of this great work done for these animals would not be possible. Give yourselves a pat on the back; we salute all you generous and gracious people for your un-doubtable kindness.
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After a very warm and rainy summer, our lovely Shiloweni found his happiness through the long grass. While he spends his time hiding we try to see him from the top of our perch. When suddenly you see a piece of tail, ear and orange spots, what a joy! Our leopard is still here with us! We would like to refresh his enclosure from its long grass but I think Shiloweni prefers it like it is now. Currently, few big pieces of meat compose his favourite meal, he really love that. Click here to watch him eat.
What else at Daktari?
Here are the results: babies, rehabilitation and happiness of the animals. All of these good news are possible thanks to you. All DAKTARI are very grateful for your support. Please continue to help Shiloweni, the baby Marmosets and all the animals through this link: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/provide-food-and-care-for-our-leopard-for-one-year-1/
You can also Click here to watch our teaser about Daktari’s life and the goal of our association.
Stay tuned for news stories!
Anne-Sophie Mathieu - Marketing Manager
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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
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!
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