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!
Welcome back in the Martin Newsletter.
DAKTARI Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage is a special place in South Africa, we educate and inspire local children and communities to take care of the environment and the animals.
Like all DAKTARI animals, Martin is an ambassador of DAKTARI and play 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!
Our Animal Manager and his Assistant are working on new enrichment to keep Martin healthy and happy at DAKTARI.
Thank you for your continued support, without you we wouldn’t be where we are today!
Best wishes from all of us,
The DAKTARI team
This is a short message to say thank you for your wonderful support of Martin, our Cheetah!
We are pleased to report Martin is a lively animal in good health. Like many of the animals at DAKTARI, his diet plan has been updated in January 2018 to keep him even healthier.
During the next following weeks, our new Animal Assistant will update his enclosure with enrichments. The overall goal is to improve Martin’s environment and care based on his natural behavior and instincts. The enrichments are physical habitat and food enrichment: the aim is to prolong feeding time and stimulate his hunting instinct.
From Martin and everyone at DAKTARI, thank you once again. We wouldn’t be where we are today without your support!