DAKTARI Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

The mission of Daktari is to inspire, motivate, and educate underprivileged children to care for their environment through the medium of a wildlife orphanage.
Jul 16, 2015

Miracles all around!

Mohola the duiker
Mohola the duiker

Hello all! 

I hope you are all enjoying your summer! We are in the middle of winter in the bush!! We have been very busy lately with the animals at DAKTARI as well as those around us! Over the past month we welcomed a new mongoose! He is a young male, and our Outreach Manager decided to name him Seth after the Egyptian god of chaos! But do not worry; Seth is very calm and not at all chaos-god-like! He will be staying with us until he has grown a little bigger and can be released alongside the rest of our growing mongoose family! 

At DAKTARI we pride ourselves in having a number of antelope (mainly Bushbucks and Duiker) who are wild and roam around the entire property, but are tame enough to come around the camp for food every once in a while.

Over the past month we have been able to see an incredible story develop right in our ‘front yard’. One of the female duikers, Mohola, came to DAKTARI about a month ago with a very nasty injury on her hind leg, where a large portion of her skin had been ripped off. As if she knew she would get help at the camp, she came to visit us and we quickly jumped into action and cured the wound as well as we could. Over the following days and weeks, the wound slowly got better and Mohola slowly but surely has improved her condition incredibly!

But surprises did not end there! Only a week ago we discovered that this brave animal had given birth to a baby duiker right next to the DAKTARI camp! The baby is very healthy and growing every day.

We are all so blown away by the sheer strength of nature that this series of events has shown! Not only was it incredible enough that Mohola survived her injury, but that she was able to give birth to a healthy duiker calf is something no one expected! It is the beauty of nature and of living in the bush. It is a privilege to be able to work around this every day, and your generosity in your donations makes it possible for the project to continue taking care of the animals. This fortunately allows us to take care of those that we have at our animal sanctuary within the camp as well as those who live on the DAKTARI farm and come to visit us every day!

Stay tuned for updates on Mohola and her baby on our Facebook and Twitter, as well as on our website!

Again, a heartfelt thank you to all for supporting what we do! Your donations make a huge difference to the project as well as our motivation to continue working hard! From everyone at DAKTARI as well as the children, and the animals, we are tremendously thankful!

Best wishes and until next time! 

Baby Duiker in the bushes!
Baby Duiker in the bushes!
Jul 16, 2015

The DAKTARI mission never stops!

Evidence :)
Evidence :)

Hello All!

I hope this new project report finds you well. I hope that you are enjoying your summer holidays! (We are currently in the middle of winter!!) We have been very busy lately with the project and would like to let you know what we are doing!

Over the last month we were privileged enough to take on a new school, Diputhi. We usually take Grade 8’s, yet because of their exam period we welcomed the Grade 7’s, making for a new and exciting experience not only for the younger children but also for the volunteers, who were faced with the challenges of a younger crowd! Although somewhat younger than the children we usually welcome, the children we had from Diputhi were a real pleasure to have!

They were all great, but standing out from the rest were Light and Evidence, two young girls who’s quick wit and hunger for knowledge really impressed everyone at the camp. They stood out not only in the classroom, but also during stabling, where they both took a special care and attention when handling and working with the animals. The hesitation they had with the animals at first disappeared within minutes and they both now want to pursue studies to become vets!

As some of you may know, the children in the local schools are currently on holiday, but this does not mean that the DAKTARI project takes a break! We have made a point to continue providing the educational experience for the children even when they are on holiday because of the importance of reaching as many children as possible. Although their week is quite intense with all they have to learn, we include many practical and interactive lessons to make it fun!

Again, a heartfelt thank you to all for supporting what we do! Your donations make a huge difference to the project as well as our motivation to continue working hard! From everyone at DAKTARI as well as the children, we are tremendously thankful!

Best regards and until next time! 

A group from Diputhi!
A group from Diputhi!
Light!
Light!
Jul 16, 2015

Slowly but surely making progress!

Solar power is ever present!
Solar power is ever present!

Hello all!

First and foremost, I would like to thank you immensely for the contributions you have made to this project! It is something which has become a burden and seems to have no easy solution. We have been working on replacing the current broken batteries with newer but smaller ones. This serves its purpose to run the system for a couple of hours a day and so reduce the use of the generator. Our goal of running and maintaining an eco-friendly camp on solar power has been severely set back, but the whole team is actively looking for ways to reduce energy use while still running the essentials, such as the office!

Although we are working hard at achieving this, cloudy days in winter make for interesting evenings, as we have had to eat in the dark using candles and headlamps as illumination. Nothing short of romantic dinners at DAKTARI!

Share the project to bring a solution as quick as possible to our problem!

Again, a heartfelt thank you to all for supporting what we do! Your donations make a huge difference to the project as well as our motivation to continue working hard! From everyone at DAKTARI, we are tremendously thankful!

Best wishes and until next time!

Dinner in candlelight!
Dinner in candlelight!

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