At the beginning of June, DAKTARI Bush School managed two weeks of Job Hunting Program. DAKTARI welcomed 5 students from Monday to Friday for the Job Hunting Program. This program focuses on giving these youth the skills they need to find a job. They had lessons on CV writing, cover letter writing, job interview skills, and using email to reach out to potential employers and following up on applications.
One of the students, who wants to become a TV commentator, took the opportunity to make a video about the daily stabling! It was a really good experience for him to make a video. We hope he will continue to make new videos in the village and send them to local TV and radio. The next workshop is organizing for mid-July at the Oaks Village. The workshop is the opportunity to follow up on the students and to continue to help them to research on Job.
DAKTARI Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage works in the South African bush to educate local children about the environment and ignite their passion for wildlife. Each week, DAKTARI welcomes eight new students to our camp to attend lessons, do activities, and interact with the animals in our wildlife orphanage.So far, we welcomed 157 children at DAKTARI for the Environmental Education Program.
Regularly, DAKTARI welcomes baby animals: meerkat, mongoose, squirrels, Sable Antelope or bush-baby. Like all DAKTARI’s animals, they play a large role in the children’s education about the environment.
The children interact daily with the animals at DAKTARI’s wildlife orphanage. The animals live in enclosures throughout the camp or live free in the bush surrounding the camp.Twice per day, the children assist our volunteers and staff with animal feeding and care. Sometimes the children and volunteers can help raise small animals until they can be released back into the bush.
This happens in the case of Chimoya, the baby buffalo. She arrived in March at DAKTARI. The DAKTARI team took care of her because her mother rejected her and has grown up with the Tango and Tony, the baby Sable antelope. She is now returning to the neighbouring farm where she is from to join her buffalo family and live in the wild. Like all DAKTARI animals,Chimoya was an ambassadors of DAKTARI and played a large role in the children’s education about the environment and the animal care.
The DAKTARI Team recently said goodbye to the Meerkat family. Twelve of their meerkats left DAKTARI to be rehabilitated. Only Gasper and Tikki stayed behind because they are quite old and have lost some of their teeth.
Gasper was the first to arrive at DAKTARI in 2010, followed by Tikki (2011) and Madonna (2014). The family then grew with Madonna's three babies in November 2014: Porthos, Athas, and Aramis. In 2017, Colo, Tschumi, and Jess joined the meerkat family followed by Jess' three babies.
Eeyore the donkey is going to miss his butt scratching buddies and the staff will miss running after them when they escape! Although we were very sad to see them go; we are delighted to know that they will be back in their natural habitat soon enough.
Johnson and Beth, the animal care team, also improved the Gasper and Tikki enclosure with enrichment. Our two meerkats have now a big and beautiful with big branches and aloe to play and jump.
They also said goodbye to Chimoya, the baby buffalo. She arrived in March and has grown up with Tango and Tony, the baby sable antelope. She returned to the neighbouring farm where she is from to join her buffalo family and live in the wild.
Like all DAKTARI animals, the meerkat family and Chimoya were ambassadors of DAKTARI and played a large role in the children’s education about the environment. Twice per day, the children assist our volunteers and staff with animal feeding and care. This is the opportunity for the children to see an animal up close and get familiar with them!