Sep 18, 2018

Big cleaning for Mandela Day

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:

  • A clean up of the village every last Wednesday of the month (inspired by Nelson Mandela Day)
  • Rubbish bag in taxi to collect the rubbish
  • Plant flowers and trees along the road

We are working our way towards a sustainable future of waste disposal and are grateful to have you by our side!

Sep 18, 2018

Focus on the environment lessons

DAKTARI Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage works with local schools to educate children about the importance of protecting their environment. Each Monday, DAKTARI welcomes eight to ten new students to attend lessons and learn how to care of the wildlife and value their environment.

During this week, the kids learn about the environment with lesson about the impact of plastic on nature, anti-poaching, discovering the signs and tracks of the animals… At the end of the week, they make South Africa a better place lesson, in which they have to write down 6 promises that they are going to follow all their life. Those promises must be toward positive changes for themselves and the country, so they can proudly and directly be players of Making South Africa a better place.


During the lesson on the environment on every Tuesday, the volunteers make a little game with the children so they can understand better the impact of throwing rubbish on the ground for example. They have to guess how long it will take until rubbish like tin can or glass will break down to soil. The kids were very surprised to learn that certain things like plastics bottles are non-biodegradable and will never disappear. We know this lesson impacted them, because 7 of the 10 kids of the week chose to promise that they would never throw rubbish on the ground.


With your help we can continue to provide an education to these children so they learn about the impact of protecting and respecting the environment.

Sep 18, 2018

New enclosure enrichment

Welcome back in our Wildlife Orphanage newsletter!


Recently, we renovated the adult mongooses’ enclosure by adding more logs and plants. Volunteers and staff arranged the enclosure so it looks more like their natural habitat. Old tyres from the cars were also recycled to make tunnels and provide the mongooses something to climb on.

We are adding fresh branches in the enclosure every week so the enclosure looks green, and give the mongoose extra things to play with – hopefully they will find some bugs!


The DAKTARI team are currently renovating the meerkats’ enclosure. We are digging the mud out and replace it with river sand instead. It is safer and we will bury lots of tubes so they can explore! 

A bit of patience and Gasper and Tikki will soon have a fresh new playing field!

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