Sigourney the White Stork
The Wildlife Orphanage is still up and running depsite the crisis we are going through. are glad to share the following updates with you.
The four youngsters of the dassie family had grown significantly so we decided it was time to let them go! The family of 6 dassies was released together end of June. We keep feeding them from time to time to help them adapt to their new environment. We can still see them running or climbing trees around camp!
We also had four other dassies in a seperate enclosure. Two of them (Caline and Little Boy) have also been set free after the death of their other two friends, Gini and Big Boy. They now live free in camp, and enjoy having their afternoon nap on the couch with Michele, or keeping warm by cuddling the dogs!
Tugela had been rescued from a crocodile farm but it was now big enough to live a happy life in the wild. We explored different options as to where we could release him, and sadly the dam on our farm is drying up to quickly to consider it as a safe alternative. So, we safely transported him to the neighbouring farm around mid-July, where the flowing river is his new home!
The Brigitte Bardot Foundation had kindly sponsored the building of an aviary that we finished a couple of months ago. And we have just welcomed the first resident of the aviary! Sigourney is a beautiful White Stork that has one of her wing permanently injured after she had flown into a fence. Thus, she cannot fly nor can she be rehabilitated and will stay at DAKTARI to live happy days while educating the children.
The lovely Myna Bird, Jack, sadly passed away last week. Jack was free during the day, landing on people's heads and shoudlers unexpectedly or having a sip of tea in the morning. He was also very talktative, imitating sounds around him! One evening, we did not manage to find him and bring him back to his enclosure for the night. The next morning, when we only found feathers scattered on the ground we understood that we will sadly not see him around again.