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.
Jan 19, 2016

Thank you for your incredible support!

A giraffe at the waterhole!
A giraffe at the waterhole!

Hello all! 

As you may know, in late 2015 our area went through a very drastic drought. A little rain in addition to your support has made this period more bearable and we have been able to make some purchases to 'help out' the wildlife in the farm.  

For instance, we were able to replace the borehole pump which feeds the basin which we have outside of camp for the animals. This has made it a focal point for all kinds of wildlife that come to drink at this spot. The cost for this purchase was covered with your help, and we are so grateful for your generosity in contributing to the project! 

Unfortunately the lack of water and rain is still a very present situation, and with the birth of a lot of baby animals (be they antelopes or small animals like mongoose) we are still very aware that this can become an ongoing problem. We decided to address the water issue as we believe it would be more beneficial to all animals as a whole. Judging by the amount of animals we see drinking lately, it seems to have been the right choice! 

It is a huge success to have fully completed the fundraiser and it is all thanks to you, our donors! 

Again, thank you for your huge help! 

Best regards and until next time! 

The new pump set up
The new pump set up
The pump in the box before setting it up.
The pump in the box before setting it up.
Solar panels out of the box before setting it up.
Solar panels out of the box before setting it up.
Dec 17, 2015

More impact with our revised project!

Read all about our project changes!
Read all about our project changes!

Dear supporting friends,

Are you ready for Christmas? Including fir tree, crackers, Christmas songs and maybe some snow? Here in South Africa we have a whole other idea of Christmas… quite difficult to get into the ‘jingle bells spirit’ with 42 degrees Celsius and blue skies :-).

Anyway, I got loads of exciting news to tell you that has nothing to do with Christmas! First of all, did you check out the completely revamped project page already? ‘Environmental clubs for kids in South Africa’ has given way to ‘Rural community empowerment in South Africa’. Since DAKTARI’s Outreach Program is much more than just environmental clubs, we decided to create a comprehensive project supporting the whole Outreach Program. In this way, your donations will not only benefit EcoClub students, but the entire community, consisting of 3,500 residents. With only a small budget adjustment and efficient planning of village visits, we can provide more effective assistance to all walks of life. From career guidance to unemployed youngsters to implementing a waste management plan: it is all part of the project now.

However, if you wish to specifically support our environmental clubs, this is of course still possible and very much appreciated. You can choose this option in the donation selection menu on the main page of the project.

You might have seen a sneak peek of it on our Facebook page already… the brand new teaching programme we are running at two local crèches! A total of 120 toddlers ranging from 2 to 5 years now weekly participates in ‘playducational’ lessons about animals and the environment. They recently learnt what the Big 5 animals are and whether we can shoot them or not. ‘Aowa’ (Sotho for ‘no’) sounded in unison in the classroom… mission accomplished! After the December holidays we will kick off with a ‘Mr. Tree & Mrs. Plant’ lesson, excellently supported by the newly planted marula and moringa trees!

Do you remember the picture of plastic bottles filled with plastic rubbish I attached to the latest report? Well, these are so-called Ecobricks. We challenged primary and high school students to make these bricks for the benefit of their village. A win-win situation, because plastic litter goes into the bottles (cleaner environment!) and the Ecobricks will be used to build a big dustbin on the marketplace. 500 bricks are needed and we are almost there. Work in progress!

In October, we took the most improved learners from both EcoClubs on a trip to a wildlife rehabilitation centre. They were taken on a tour to meet abandoned, injured and poisoned wildlife animals that are being prepared to be released into the wild again. Candice, one of the eight students, said: ‘My favourite animal was the orphaned baby rhino. I hope one day he will live a long and happy life in the wild, where he belongs.’

It fills our hearts with warmth and happiness that we could count on your support in this eventful 2015. YOU are the reason that we can empower the wonderful communities that surround us towards a better future. Christmas is a time of reflecting and counting our blessings and we feel truly privileged to have someone like you in our DAKTARI family. Thank you so much for all you have done and may 2016 become yet another memorable year of achievements in the villages!

Wishing you a very merry Christmas and may all your dreams come true in 2016!

On behalf of the entire DAKTARI team,

Toine Vos, Outreach Program Coordinator

PS: There is more! Please scroll down to the pictures to discover some other highlights and developments from the past months :-).

Guest lesson from a head game ranger: inspiring!
Guest lesson from a head game ranger: inspiring!
Making Gredia
Making Gredia's food caravan a real eye-catcher!
Animal interaction during the EcoClub trip
Animal interaction during the EcoClub trip
DAKTARI volunteers teaching at the creche
DAKTARI volunteers teaching at the creche
Advice & friends proudly bringing their Ecobricks
Advice & friends proudly bringing their Ecobricks

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Dec 9, 2015

Updates on our work with the animals!

Nyalou and Chancy!
Nyalou and Chancy!

Hello All!

Firstly, I would like to thank you all for your incredible support! Week in and week out we are reminded of all the amazing people who have helped us and are helping us achieve our goal of inspiring young people to care about the environment. For that, we are incredibly grateful!

Over the last few months we have had the additions of a fair few new animals! In addition to the baby Nyala Chancy, which we welcomed last time, we welcomed another young baby nyala which we named Nyalou. He came to us from a nearby farm at a very young age, and he even still had his umbilical cord attached. Incredibly, from the beginning he was very calm around people and he has grown up for the last month and a half incredibly well. Him and Chancy are inseparable and are getting along very well. As they both grew up without a mother, they find comfort with each other.  

In addition to this, we are going through one of the worst droughts which our area has seen in years. The bush is very dry and we have reached a situation where we fear for the wellbeing of the animals that live on the DAKTARI Farm. All three provinces affected have been labelled as being disaster areas due to the severity of the situation. With the baby-season coming we want to be able to provide a little support to prevent malnutrition, dehydration, or even the death of some of these animals, as well as ensuring that the future mothers can provide for their young ones in the heat.

The drought which is currently affecting the area in which DAKTARI is has become more severe than was initially thought. Around this time, we would have experienced scattered rainfall and a progressively greener bush going into the rainy season. Follow the link to this project (Drought relief for the farm) which aims to counter the potentially devastating effects of the drought by providing a food source for the wild animals without majorly interfering. 

We also wanted to invite you to participate in our December fundraiser on GlobalGiving! From December 1st until December 31st all donations made to this project (Educate African children to save their environment) will be entered into a competition which could see us win a grand prize of $3000! If you would like to learn more or to get involved with this fundraiser please send us an email at marketing@daktaribushschool.org !   

Nyalou on his first day with Candy!
Nyalou on his first day with Candy!
The umbilical cord still attached :)
The umbilical cord still attached :)
The situation of the drought
The situation of the drought

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