Spring is in the air! Nature is waking up again and so are all the wild animals that have already started their annual season of welcoming new babies into this world. Ideally, the babies born in the wild stay there with their mothers, drinking their milk and learning to survive while exploring this brand new world. However, for various reasons some babies sadly don’t get the chance to be raised by their mothers and are left to survive in the wild on their own. But, some of them are lucky enough to be found by nice people and brought to DAKTARI, where we make sure to give them the best care until they are strong enough to join their peers in the bush.
We were brought the first of our little baby gang in early September from a neighbouring farm, where they found a small bushbuck all alone and covered with ticks. They brought her to us and we have been hand raising her every three hours ever since. We named this gorgeous little bushbuck Pixie and she is now growing up happily along with our sheep Mouton, until she is strong enough to be released back into the wild.
We found our baby squirrels Jackpot and Lotto abandoned in our camp, while Fifi was brought to us by the good people from Sausage Tree Lodge. They are sharing their temporary home with our baby bunny named Burrito, who just like the squirrels decided to try and explore the big wide world a little bit too early. They are now all good friends and being syringe fed by our long term volunteers until they are big enough to rejoin their friends.
Our last, but no less cute baby was found abandoned at Thornybush two weeks ago. We named this little bundle of joy Peekaboo and have been syringe feeding her every three hours (including during the night). She’s now beginning to explore her surroundings, happily jumping around and playing peekaboo every evening.
Welcome back in Martin’s newsletter!
A quick update about the health of our wonderful Cheetah “Sir Martin”.
Dr Peter Rogers, our Hoedspruit wildlife veterinary, visited DAKTARI to complete a full health check up on Martin. As he is getting older now we wanted to be sure that he is in good health and we are giving him the best care he deserves for his retirement.
After slightly sedating Martin, Dr Rogers gave him a full body check, including teeth, claws and blood tests to control his kidney and liver functions. The blood tests came back clear and Dr Rogers has confirmed Martin is in very good health for an old man!
In the meantime, Dr Rogers gave a full description and information facts to the local children and volunteers about cheetah. It was even possible to take pictures of each kid next to the cheetah while it was sleeping. The children could go home and show their pictures with the cheetah to their parents and peers.
Many thanks for your support and we will keep you updated with any changes to Martin’s health.
The 18th of July was Mandela Day. To celebrate this incredible personality who marked the South Africain’s history, DAKTARI Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage volunteers joined the people of the Oaks village to help them cleaning their place.
This operation lasted 67 minutes in order to honour his 67 years fighting for social justice. More than forty volunteers, including residents of the Oaks, Community Works Program and DAKTARI volunteers, worked together to make this village clean and attractive.
With this big clean and the hard work of every participants, we were able to collect enough rubbish to fill up an entire container.
After this, we all celebrated with songs and dances. Those are the kind of moments that Daktari is looking for, where we all work together united for one important cause. Mandela Day remind us that each person has the power to change the world.
But our Outreach program doesn’t just stop here and more projects are yet to come:
We are working our way towards a sustainable future of waste disposal and are grateful to have you by our side!