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Jul 11, 2019

You can now volunteer with us through Airbnb

Clement feeding Pacou the waterbuck
Clement feeding Pacou the waterbuck

As you may or may not know Airbnb has this new thing called Social Impact Experiences. Contrary to normal experiences on Airbnb, we don’t get charged a fee to be on the platform. Instead we get 100% of the payment to cover the cost of the experience and some running costs in our camp. Airbnb is using these Social Impact Experiences to give an extra push to NGOs that try to make a difference.

During your day here you’ll be helping our animal manager and assistant with everything they do. That could be cleaning enclosures, making enrichment or even feeding! One thing you do need to know is that this experience focuses on the animal side of DAKTARI. This means you won’t be teaching the children. But we can assure you that a day here will be a day you’ll never forget :)

We’re honoured to be a part of this platform in the first place, but we really hope that we can get more local volunteers this way. It’s a nice way of spreading the word and also giving a chance to local people to come by that would otherwise never really get the chance so see what DAKTARI really is. 

So if you’re ever in Hoedspruit and want to come by to help us for a day, be sure to check out our Social Impact Experience on Airbnb! We’d love to have you.

Jul 11, 2019

Our animal friends in the spotlight

Filming for Oxford Scientific Films
Filming for Oxford Scientific Films

It’s been a busy few months here for our animals. During the month of May we got visited by 2 big film companies who wanted to do stories on some of the incredible animals at our orphanage.

The first crew that visited our camp was Ginkgo Agency, a company from Cape Town that is currently making a new series called “Beautiful News” where they take a better look at the life story of certain animals. During their two day stay, Ginkgo Agency filmed a total of five episodes for this new series. These episodes revolve around our two African wood owls, Thor the marmoset, our crocodile, Dongo the wild dog and Tikki and Gasper, the little meerkats. As said before, these videos will revolve about the animal itself. About how they were treated, how they ended up at DAKTARI and how they live now. We’re honoured that Ginkgo Agency reached out to us to capture some of our animals on film and we can’t wait to see the videos!

A few weeks after that, the British film production company called Oxford Scientific Films paid us a visit. They are currently developing a new series about unusual animal friendships and came by our camp to record the interesting friendship between our marmoset Thor and baby mongooses Django and Teddy. You may recognize the name Oxford Scientific Films because they have made some really amazing animal documentaries before. Seeing the crew at work was really cool and interesting to see! The documentary won’t air in the near future, but we know that the end result will be more than worth the wait.

Jul 11, 2019

Updates from Martin

Our little Martin is still having lots of fun now that his enclosure is filled with high grass. However, it’s getting dryer and dryer every day so soon he won’t be able to hide in there anymore.

Every morning he greets our children and volunteers when they go by his enclosure for their daily dog walk. He loves waiting for them by the fence and watching them all go by. And if they’re lucky he even runs to the other side to greet them a second time when they walk past!

Did you know that a cheetah’s tail is more than half as long as the rest of its body? Their body can grow to up to 1.5m long while the tail can have a length of up to 80cm. Another fun fact is that the cheetah is the biggest cat that can actually purr. Lions and leopards do not have the ability to purr, but cheetahs do. Although Martin doesn’t let us come close enough to give him belly rubs :D

 
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