Greeting from all of us here at Daktari!
Our magnificent leopard, Shiloweni, continues to be a source of fascination to both the volunteers and the children. In fact, many of the children say that he is their favourite animal at Daktari and it is easy to see why.
The best time to catch Shiloweni is on a cloudy day. Sometimes I like to sit quietly on the viewing platform and watch as he patrols the perimeters of his enclosure. When the sun is out, he always harder to spot, often hiding in the shade or in the long grass – all you can see is the occasional swish of his tail!
He never tires of his daily meals and is always ready and waiting for Jacob or Lucky to bring him his ‘catch of the day’ – usually chickens or impala. Click here to see Shiloweni in action at dinner time!
Despite the length of time he has been with us and his obvious strength and power, Shiloweni continues to be wary of humans. He does not appreciate too much interaction with us. We, in turn, have to retain a healthy respect for him as a wild animal and limit the number of visits to his enclosure. We must remember that Shiloweni was not raised by humans, but grew to adulthood as a wild leopard. Were it not for the loss of his canines, he would still be living happily in the bush.
Of course, Shiloweni still needs more support. Feeding a leopard and maintaining his fences does not come cheap! Don’t forget that you can encourage your friends and family to get involved – perhaps you can post the following link onto your social networks, such as Facebook or Twitter:
Daktari simply could not operate without the help of people like you and we certainly wouldn’t be able to provide a safe home for an animal such as Shiloweni without your help. So, from all of us here at Daktari, thank you for making a difference!
Thanks to everyone for your great funding. We are still working hard to promote nature conservation, environmental care and ecology in the villages near the Kruger National Park.
I am the new Outreach Programme Manager. My name is Claire and I have come from Reunion, a little piece of France between Mauritius and Madagascar. I hope you will enjoy my reports and the work I am doing with the children of the Eco-Clubs through Daktari.
We have created a new Facebook page to highlight the Outreach Programme. You will find new pictures of the Eco-Clubs, new stories... Don’t hesitate to like it and to share it with your friends!
We are developing a service of guidance after the environmental lessons. We gave the learners a form to fill in about what they want to do after Matric and in the future. Every week, we give our time for an individual interview which enables them to progress in their research. Our goal is to guide them towards eco-tourism studies and careers to better themselves and their future. A lot of our learners wish to become field guides, game rangers or vets and unfortunately do not know how to access their dream. And this is what YOU are supporting when you donate to us!!!!
We will keep you posted on our new guidance projects and success stories!
(Daktari Outreach Manager)
DAKTARI Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage welcomes every weeks local underprivileged children for a week of environmental education through the medium of our wildlife orphanage.
You have sponsored Katlego & Koketso for a week of education. These children and us thank you very much to make this possible.
2 weeks ago we picked them up at their school and they were very excited to get into the bus for their week at Daktari. Although they have heard a lot from other students who previously attended, they were very shy and curious about what they will experience.
We explained them they could be invited because generous people like you sponsored them. They were very surprised that individuals they don't know are so kind to give them this opportunity and they have also learnt about GIVING.
There were sad faces at departure time on Friday, but still, we couldn't stop them singing in the bus on the way back home. We have received numerous sms to beg for a return! Katlego & Koketso have now joined the wildlife club in the village and are there to learn more about the environment and a better future.
Thank you very much for your support toward the education of Katlego & Koketso.
Ian & Michele Merrifield, the Staff, the Volunteers, the Children and the Animals