The staff, volunteers, and children are truly grateful for all of the support we received during the June 15th Bonus Day. All together, DAKTARI received more than $20,000 in donations which can will provide the children with a rich educational experience at our camp, not to mention their favorite food - pap! With your donations, we should be able to provide them with pap for a long, long time :) THANK YOU!!
June is actually a month of exams and school holidays for our children. During exams, we host career guidance classes for the youth in the area. Young adults who have already completed school can come to DAKTARI for a week of lessons designed to help them gain employment, including CV writing, interview skills, and presentation practice. By the end of the week, they have everything they need for the job hunt!
Right now, there are school holidays until the middle of July but we do still have children. Even during their break, kids are eager to come to DAKTARI!
One of those eager students, Chantel, was excited to tell us what she liked about being at DAKTARI. You can watch her mini-interview below and learn what her favorite animal is at DAKTARI...
July and August are a busy time at DAKTARI, with a lot of volunteers and a lot of projects so we'll have plenty to share in our next update! However, we are still looking for volunteers in September, October, and November. Check out our volunteering page to learn more and sign up to join us at DAKTARI for an amazing experience in the African Bush!
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Hello! My name is Micah and I am the new Outreach Volunteer at DAKTARI. Sadly, Toine's time here came to an end in April, leaving me with very big shoes to fill - the Eco Club members called DAKTARI at all hours of the day asking when Toine would be back!
The members of the Eco Clubs at both schools, Maahlamele and Rakgolokwana, are passionate and eager to start new community projects. After a lesson about Democracy and voting, they held Eco Club officer elections! The officers are responsible for the planning and organization of all Eco Club community projects. Each candidate stood in front of the other members and gave a speech explaining why they should be elected, resulting in some very close races. The officers couldn't wait to get going, and as a result they've already scheduled a tree planting at Maahlamele!
In April, Toine and the Eco Club completed the Building With Rubbish campaign by building an environmentally friendly dustbin at the Oaks village! The Eco Club members stuffed two-liter bottles with rubbish from around the village, which were then used as bricks to build a dustbin at the center of town. It's a recycling project that promotes waste management, and it looks great too!
And the survey results are in! We interviewed 102 individuals, representing 667 people, from our local Oaks village, 91% of whom say that DAKTARI makes a difference in their village! Without the support from YOU, our awesome donors, this would never be possible - THANK YOU!
If you are interested in continuing to support DAKTARI's community outreach program, we encourage you to make your donation through GlobalGiving on June 15th at 9am EDT. GlobalGiving will be matching donations to our projects at 50% at 9am EDT and so your donation will go even further!
In April, some of DAKTARI's animals started to disappear. Not to worry though, it's a good thing! Four of DAKTARI's animals were released back into the wild in April - a very happy time for us!
First to be released was Mickey, one of our new jackals. He was healthy enough to be released and has made his home on the DAKTARI farm. Last time he was spotted by our volunteers, he had a female Jackal with him so we think he's doing great in his new environment!
Next, two of our dassies, or rock hyraxes, were released nearby. Cachou and Pepper were taken to rock outcroppings, their natural habitat. We still see them on our bushwalks as we pass by! Our three remaining baby dassies, Tilou, Lulu, and Buddha, were moved to a new enclosure while they continue to get bigger and more adventurous.
Our final release was of our white-faced skops owl, Nitro. He was brought to DAKTARI after an injury that left him unable to see. We weren't sure if he would be permanently blind or if he would be able to recover. Thankfully, he showed signs of improvement and he was able to hunt on his own. He was released nearby but he hasn't been spotted since. We think he's gone back to the neighbouring farm where he was found.
Two of our animals at DAKTARI also got new hiding places! Our volunteers and staff updated the caracal enclosure for Shangaan, our caracal. He now has a large stone hut and plenty of wood to scratch and climb. We've also added a place for him to have his meals, perched above the ground.
The second enclosure to get a makeover was the meerkat camp. We constantly need to refill their enclosure because they dig out so much of the sand and dirt that they have no were else to dig! This time, we also added a wire mesh patch to the bottom so they could no longer dig tunnels to get out. Our little escape artists had already dug a tunnel between the separated enclosures which we need to patch. Not all of our meerkats get along and so we have to keep them separated. In mid-May, our volunteers teamed up with volunteers from GVI Limpopo to lay down the wire and refill the sand and dirt. The meerkats are back in their enclosure, digging away again!
Although we are always sad to say goodbye to the animals we have cared for and become attached to, we are very happy to see them back where they belong! For those that we aren't able to release, our team is constantly working to make their lives at DAKTARI comfortable and exciting!!
Thank you for all of your support in making these happy endings happen! Without your donations, we wouldn't be able to provide the care these animals need - THANK YOU!
If you are interested in continuing to support DAKTARI's animals, we encourage you to make your donation through GlobalGiving on June 15th at 9am EDT. GlobalGiving will be matching donations to our projects at 50% at 9am EDT and so your donation will go even further!