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.
May 8, 2013

Letter from Ashandy

Ashandy with two other members
Ashandy with two other members

Greetings to our lovely one’s.

How are you all? I hope you are all doing fine. How is life and all your work and studies? I’m also think everything is going well too!


Everything is in order at our club. Risette is doing good, guiding us well and teaching us very well too. Risette is getting help from other respective volunteers too. Everyone at the meeting is doing good and we always learning more. They are teaching us about the big 5, small 5, reptiles and much more. The think that makes me interested in the club is when we are learning about snakes.


I have learned that when I see a snake I don’t have to run away, because if I run it will just sense the vibration on the ground. They don’t hear anything, that’s why you can shout SNAKE! So someone can come and help.


The meeting with Risette and the volunteers is preventing us to go and see bad friends, those who smoke drugs. It’s good that they tell us about the danger of smoking drugs. I promise I will never drink alcohol or smoke drugs because the church that I attend doesn’t allow me that.


They teach me a lot, let me see if I can mange to mention them: Politeness, Respect, Mathematics, English, How to care for animals, Going on dog walks, What do I want to be when I grow up. I want to become a vet, which is an animal doctor, so I will help animals. I want them to be treated well like people. 


Our life in our community is very good, because everybody is enjoying. As they though us everything like how to take care of our environment, we are doing good in our community. We are still trying our best to make it look good. Our mayor has hired people from our community to clean and tell people not to throw rubbish on the land. This is how we can prevent land, air and water pollution.


I would like to thank you for the great job that you are all doing for us. I wish you all the best. You are such good people, because without you I don’t know if we were having the opportunities that we are having now. Thank you all and keep it up!


Ashandy Lewele – 16

Maahlamele High School - Grade 10

Ashandy at the reptile park
Ashandy at the reptile park
Ashandy Lewele
Ashandy Lewele


May 6, 2013

I have food for the year!

Scotty, the African Hawk Eagle
Scotty, the African Hawk Eagle

Kwee oo, Kwee oo, Kwee oo to my special friends,

This is the call I was making this morning.

For some reasons, I fell a bit of emotion from the Daktari Office and I thought I should get attention so somebody would come and tell me the great news.

Meghan, a volunteer from California, and Michele came quickly to enjoy my call and to let me know that the project for my food on GlobalGiving has been fully funded. 

What a great wake up.... I knew something was going on as there was too much happiness around.

I would like to say a massive thank you for YOUR support in feeding me.

As I can’t hunt and catch any prey by myself anymore due to my injury, YOU have really made a difference in my life.

Daktari will be able to concentrate on other animals in need and carry on educating local children about the importance of the environment.

Lots of love to you all who have participated to my food.

Scotty Kwee oo Kwee oo Kwee oo

Apr 22, 2013

Maxi gave Vero the biggest smile!

Vero with Maxi
Vero with Maxi

Dear Friends of Maxi & Mini,

This is a brief email to show the happiness YOU are giving to Maxi & Mini our bushbucks by providing them good food. 

I received an enquiry from a blind person from France to volunteer and wasn't sure if we should have her or not at Daktari as she wasn't really in our "focus" area.
Ian thought “why not? let's have her with us anyway!".
Veronique from France is having an absolutely wonderful time in South Africa where she can feel, touch and interact with animals she has never seen as she was born blind.
Today, we are very happy that Maxi and us had given Vero this wonderful opportunity to interact with animals.

Here is the photo of Vero and Maxi enjoying the feeding time.

Thank YOU for making this possible.

Hope you have an amazing week!



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