We are glad to report Martin is still in tip-top shape and doing well!
During the afternoon stabling the children can see how Martin is being fed by the staff.
To make Martin work for his dinner every day we tie the meat to a rope in the feeding area. We then pull the meat up and down to make him jump and catch his food!
For extra enrichment we sometimes use a lure that runs across his enclosure.
As we pull the meat along the wire, Martin has to run and chase it to catch his dinner. This is really important for him as it mimics hunting prey in the wild and gives him a great opportunity to exercise!
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.