Provide food and care for our leopard for one year

 
$2,345
$3,655
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Aug 6, 2014

Rescues, Surgeries and More!!

He loves smiling for the camera
He loves smiling for the camera

Dear all,

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.

What else at DAKTARI?

  • We recently received a call where it was brought to our attention that a Spotted Eagle Owl had unfortunately been found stuck in a fence. So we did what we do best "DAKTARI to the rescue!”. We went to collect the owl and found out that he was not in the best condition. We feared the worst for him. After a few days of some much needed TLC, a trip to the vet and some quality time with our two resident owls Alex and Sam we were able to release him. May he continue on his life’s journey!! It brought us great joy to see him fly off into the African sunset. Be free Owl and watch out for those fences! :)
  • We have some bad news and some good news regarding Erishka the mongoose. Which would you like to hear first? Ok I hear you! We'll start off with the bad news. We noticed that she was biting her own tail very badly and this was very upsetting and confusing for us. We took her to the local vet and he decided that it was best for her to have surgery to amputate her tail. We were not sure if she would be able to join our mongoose family of 10, which is soon to be released. All we could do was to wait and see how she responded. Now for the good news!! :) Since the surgery Erishka has been acting like a normal little mongoose again. Not only that but she now lives with the larger mongoose family and is due to be released with them in the near future. Well Done Erishka!
  • DAKTARI would like to announce that they have the most fierce and graceful soccer player from the 2014 Soccer World Cup. Introducing Shangaan the Caracal!! The volunteers came up with an innovative way to provide enrichment to the caracal by placing his food (a massive rat!) inside of a soccer ball with a slight hole, then tested his soccer skills by dangling the ball and making him chase it. Wow is he quick and powerful! Those claws can do serious damage to anything they sink themselves into. Just ask the soccer (doubt that's going to be possible) Ronaldo has nothing on our Shangaan!! Good kitty :)

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.

Do you know what other exciting news has happened at DAKTARI in the last 3 months? Read our Newsletter to find out al the juicy stories of what has been happening. Click he re

Looking so surprised!DAKTARI will take care of you
Looking so surprised!DAKTARI will take care of you
Be Free our Feathered Friend !!
Be Free our Feathered Friend !!
He patrols his territory..
He patrols his territory..
Baby Erishka enjoying her new look :)
Baby Erishka enjoying her new look :)
Soccer star Shaangaan the Caracal
Soccer star Shaangaan the Caracal

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May 13, 2014

We've had babies!

Shiloweni in the big grass
Shiloweni in the big grass

Dear all,

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?

  • We have had two adorable babies. Any guess from whom? Clues: they are little, love jumping everywhere, grey and brown color with a lovely face and long hair on their ears... It is... The Marmosets, King Kong and our Princess Leila!! These new cubs were really unexpected, what a surprise to discover them a morning! We are really happy for the parents, who seem very good with their new family life. The babies are still on their parents' back, but they started to open their eyes. They are so cute.
  • The Volunteers' team of DAKTARI, kitted with gloves and boots, did a good job with the crocodiles’ enclosure. The water from their pool has been completely cleaned and changed, but it seems that our two crocodiles like to live in a green water because it took them less than a week for all resoiling. To our great regret; with clear water it was easier to observe them.
  • After 4 years to raise baby banded mongooses, they are all grown up now. During this time, the cohabitation was not easy between all of them, they fought a lot and so we separated the mongooses into 3 small groups. But since a week, a lot of changes have occurred. Indeed we tried to move them, mixed them and finally they are all together now. It is a really good news to have 10 mongooses together because it means that we can now plan their release in the nature.

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

Email me: marketing@daktaribushschool.org

Beautiful Shiloweni !!
Beautiful Shiloweni !!
Lovely babies Marmosets
Lovely babies Marmosets
So cute
So cute
After the big cleaning of the enclosure
After the big cleaning of the enclosure
Happy Mongooses!
Happy Mongooses!

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Feb 12, 2014

Cleaning Shiloweni's Camp!

Shiloweni hiding in his tree
Shiloweni hiding in his tree

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

Email me: marketing@daktaribushschool.org

Two of the volunteers combing the camp!
Two of the volunteers combing the camp!
Bucket of bones! Yum!
Bucket of bones! Yum!
Poor left overs of a Leopard Tortoise
Poor left overs of a Leopard Tortoise
Our pick up truck filling up nicely!
Our pick up truck filling up nicely!

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Nov 25, 2013

Shiloweni's Annual Check-Up

Michele and the children meet Shiloweni
Michele and the children meet Shiloweni

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!

Wildlife vet, Peter, checks Shiloweni
Wildlife vet, Peter, checks Shiloweni's teeth
Blood tests for organ function
Blood tests for organ function
Shiloweni
Shiloweni's face is covered for comfort
Marketing volunteer, Amy, stroking the leopard
Marketing volunteer, Amy, stroking the leopard
Big paws!!
Big paws!!

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Sep 3, 2013

An update on our majestic Shiloweni

Shiloweni sunbathing
Shiloweni sunbathing

Greeting from all of us here at Daktari!

Our magnificent leopard, Shiloweni, continues to be a source of fascination to both the volunteers and the children. In fact, many of the children say that he is their favourite animal at Daktari and it is easy to see why.

The best time to catch Shiloweni is on a cloudy day. Sometimes I like to sit quietly on the viewing platform and watch as he patrols the perimeters of his enclosure. When the sun is out, he always harder to spot, often hiding in the shade or in the long grass – all you can see is the occasional swish of his tail!

He never tires of his daily meals and is always ready and waiting for Jacob or Lucky to bring him his ‘catch of the day’ – usually chickens or impala. Click here to see Shiloweni in action at dinner time! 

Despite the length of time he has been with us and his obvious strength and power, Shiloweni continues to be wary of humans. He does not appreciate too much interaction with us.  We, in turn, have to retain a healthy respect for him as a wild animal and limit the number of visits to his enclosure. We must remember that Shiloweni was not raised by humans, but grew to adulthood as a wild leopard. Were it not for the loss of his canines, he would still be living happily in the bush.

Of course, Shiloweni still needs more support. Feeding a leopard and maintaining his fences does not come cheap! Don’t forget that you can encourage your friends and family to get involved – perhaps you can post the following link onto your social networks, such as Facebook or Twitter:

http://globalgiving.org/projects/provide-food-and-care-for-our-leopard-for-one-year-1

Daktari simply could not operate without the help of people like you and we certainly wouldn’t be able to provide a safe home for an animal such as Shiloweni without your help. So, from all of us here at Daktari, thank you for making a difference!

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Michele Merrifield

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Hoedspruit, Limpopo Province South Africa

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