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.
Feb 14, 2017

Martin is starting the new year with a smile

Sir Martin
Sir Martin

Hi [donor first name], 

Martin and the rest of the DAKTARI team are so thrilled that his microproject was funded! Thank you!

We've already begun upgrades to Martin's enclosure. To give him a nice perch up above the ground, a wooden platform was built in his enclosure. He loves to take his cat naps up there, especially on really hot days!

The remaining funds will be used to provide Martin with a varied diet, a clean enclosure, and more enrichment opportunties. This can include additional upgrades in his enclosure and exciting ways to make feeding time more fun for Martin. 

Thank you again for all of your support to make this possible! Our team could not do this without you. 

All the best, 

Michele and the DAKTARI Team

Building the platform for Martin
Building the platform for Martin
Feb 10, 2017

A New Eco Club Approach

Testing their water wheel design
Testing their water wheel design

It's a brand new year for the Eco Clubs, and with it comes a brand new approach! Building off of UNESCO's Environmental Education activities, we have developed a hands-on curriculum that lets the students learn by doing. Each week the students will engage in an experiment, demonstration, or other activity focused on the environment. Our past experience has shown that the students respond more positively to this style of teaching, and we're anticipating that this approach will make our lessons more effective. So far, the students have built model greenhouses to observe the greenhouse effect in action, measured the rate of photosynthesis in spinach leaves, and built water wheels to harness the power of water!

Our goal for the year is to standardize a curriculum that can be improved upon each year. We have developed a measuring and evaluation system that involves direct student feedback for each lesson. We now have objective measures to evaluate how well they learn the subject each week, letting us see what works and what doesn't. This will let us improve on the curriculum, not only for this year but also in the future.

And the results? The average attendance for the first 4 lessons was 22 at Maahlamele High School, and a spectacular 51 at Rakgolokwana High School! Both of these averages are more than double last year's. 88% of students show comprehension of the subject, and 90% report having enjoyed the lesson. We're hoping that these trends continue as the year goes forward.

Take a look at the pictures for some of the fun the students are having. Without YOUR donations, we would not have the opportunity to reach as many students as we do. THANK YOU!

Measuring the greenhouse effect
Measuring the greenhouse effect
Building a water wheel
Building a water wheel
50 attendees on the first day!
50 attendees on the first day!
Jan 24, 2017

Happy, warm little meerkats!

Meerkat Cuddles!
Meerkat Cuddles!

Wow! We reached our funding goal for this microproject! We can't thank you enough for your support. 

Thanks to you, Madonna, Tiki, Athos, Porthos, Eramus, Kolo, Katiya, and Gasper will have a great year filled with special treats, new games, and exciting new obstacles in their enclosure!

Sadly, meerkats are not native to our area of South Africa and cannot be released here. They were brought here through the illegal pet trade from Namibia and their owners gave them to DAKTARI when they didn't want them anymore. Thankfully, they've found a forever home in a place with lots of love, cuddles, and new things to explore. 

Thank you again for helping fund their care this year. If you ever want to meet our superstar animal ambassadors, you can volunteer with us or just come for a visit. We hope to see you soon!

Meerkats getting a new tunnel for their enclosure
Meerkats getting a new tunnel for their enclosure
 
   

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