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.
Sep 11, 2015

A period of welcoming!

Our new Cheetah Martin relaxing!
Our new Cheetah Martin relaxing!

Hello All!

 

We hope that you have enjoyed your summer as much as we have our winter! There is a lot of news coming from the DAKTARI camp with regards to our animals! Over the past few weeks we have welcomed a number of animals. Either due to injury or because they were abandoned or lost their mothers, every new animal holds a special place in our heart as we welcome them here to give them a second chance at life.

We have recently welcomed two new birds to our family. On one hand we received a new Spotted Eagle Owl from Moholoholo Rehab Centre as it’s injured wing could not be successfully mended and it would never be able to fly again. As it is used to being around people from it’s stay at Moholoholo, it is very calm and absolutely beautiful. It came without a name and we could not agree on a name at the camp so you can leave a comment below with suggestions or head over to our Facebook Page to submit a name!

In addition to the Eagle Owl we also welcomed Nitro, a White Faced Spok’s Owl. She was hit by a car and rescued by a farmer nearby. Unfortunately, the collision severely damaged her eye and she has lost her vision in it. She was brought to DAKTARI as this injury means that she is no longer able to hunt, and hence fence for herself. Although small, Nitro has quite the character!

In addition to these two owls, we also welcomed a cheetah, Martin, and a baby Nyala which we called Chancy. These two additions have been incredible for both the volunteers and the children as they have been able to see two different examples of the beauty of the nature around them. Moreover, the baby Nyala has been fed every three hours, giving many volunteers and children the opportunity of interacting with an animal that is very difficult to see or approach in the wild. To read more about these two animals, you can visit our website and see the story about Martin the cheetah or Chancy the Nyala

Your donations make it possible for us to take care of these animals and provide them with special care towards the injuries which they have come with. In addition to this, through your donations we have been able to accommodate the enclosures we have to their new tenants! Moreover, we are able to provide Chancy the Nyala with a correct diet as well as nutritious supplements so that he grows healthy. So far all these additions have accommodated very well and they are all progressing incredibly well. More news coming soon!

Again, a heartfelt thank you for supporting DAKTARI! You motivate us to keep going and overcome times of difficulty! Moreover, you make a difference by allowing us to take that step further and welcome new animals and take care of them!

From everyone at DAKTARI, as well as the children, and of course the animals, we are tremendously thankful! 

Best Regards, and until next time! 

The beautiful Nitro ;)
The beautiful Nitro ;)
Our unnamed Spotted Eagle Owl!
Our unnamed Spotted Eagle Owl!
Chancy with unexpected guests for lunchtime!
Chancy with unexpected guests for lunchtime!
Our new baby Nyala Chancy!
Our new baby Nyala Chancy!

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Sep 10, 2015

Fun with twigs & cardboard for a greater purpose...

Footprints, poo and quills in de tracks lesson!
Footprints, poo and quills in de tracks lesson!

Dear supporting friends,

Wow, time went by so quickly… it is already September, can you believe it?!

The past few months were filled with a broad range of activities in the Eco Clubs and as pictures say more than a thousand words, I will let them do the talking ;). However, there are some exciting developments I am very eager to tell you about.

At first we are thrilled to inform that learners from the local primary schools are also finding their way to the environmental clubs. We welcome everyone who is keen to learn about animals and the environment, so we are very happy to have them!

Remember that I told you last time about the wallet we made from an old milk carton? Well, this lesson got a follow-up as we made wall art using old cardboard and ‘treasures from nature’ (i.e. stones & twigs). This all is nice and fun to do, but actually serves a greater purpose. We aim to make the students aware of the great possibilities of recyclable materials. In the local villages the communities face a large litter problem, which is a shame, since we all know that it is very important to live in a clean environment.

As another part of DAKTARI’s Outreach Programme, we are helping the communities with implementing rubbish management. Once this is done, it is more likely for visitors to stop by in the villages (which are located along main roads). At that very moment, the children can sell their 100% homemade curios, primarily made out of things that are considered as rubbish. All in all, crafting with recyclables now will pay off in the long run! And oh, we are also working on a ‘building with rubbish’ project with the learners but I will tell you all about that in the next report :). 

Last but not least I would like to raise awareness for a very special day for us. Wednesday the 16th of September, GlobalGiving is offering an opportunity that you do not want to miss! Every online donation will be 30% matched. $70 000 in matching is available, so be prepared! Matching begins at 9.00 AM EDT (South Africa: 3.00 PM – Europe: 3.00 PM – UK: 2.00 PM). On this day, your donation will even have a bigger impact on the underprivileged children; you can make the difference!

As you might know, in the past we already organized some environmentally oriented day trips and game drives for those underprivileged students that improved most in the clubs. These trips are essential in making the learners more conscious of their heritage and to take care of it: they provide the much needed practical component in addition to the theory covered in the lessons. Most children have never been able to see African wildlife, even though they live very close to numerous nature reserves. Your support will be amazingly appreciated in order to offer these excursions.

Let me end by giving a huge shout out to all of you generous donors. It is because of YOU that the environmental clubs can exist and flourish. On behalf of all underprivileged learners: ke leboga kudu (means ‘thank you very much’ in the local language; Sepedi)!

Best regards and until next time,

Toine Vos, Eco Club teacher and Outreach Programme Coordinator

Proud of their wall art!
Proud of their wall art!
Preparing their river pollution presentation
Preparing their river pollution presentation
The project I will tell you all about next time...
The project I will tell you all about next time...

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Jul 16, 2015

Miracles all around!

Mohola the duiker
Mohola the duiker

Hello all! 

I hope you are all enjoying your summer! We are in the middle of winter in the bush!! We have been very busy lately with the animals at DAKTARI as well as those around us! Over the past month we welcomed a new mongoose! He is a young male, and our Outreach Manager decided to name him Seth after the Egyptian god of chaos! But do not worry; Seth is very calm and not at all chaos-god-like! He will be staying with us until he has grown a little bigger and can be released alongside the rest of our growing mongoose family! 

At DAKTARI we pride ourselves in having a number of antelope (mainly Bushbucks and Duiker) who are wild and roam around the entire property, but are tame enough to come around the camp for food every once in a while.

Over the past month we have been able to see an incredible story develop right in our ‘front yard’. One of the female duikers, Mohola, came to DAKTARI about a month ago with a very nasty injury on her hind leg, where a large portion of her skin had been ripped off. As if she knew she would get help at the camp, she came to visit us and we quickly jumped into action and cured the wound as well as we could. Over the following days and weeks, the wound slowly got better and Mohola slowly but surely has improved her condition incredibly!

But surprises did not end there! Only a week ago we discovered that this brave animal had given birth to a baby duiker right next to the DAKTARI camp! The baby is very healthy and growing every day.

We are all so blown away by the sheer strength of nature that this series of events has shown! Not only was it incredible enough that Mohola survived her injury, but that she was able to give birth to a healthy duiker calf is something no one expected! It is the beauty of nature and of living in the bush. It is a privilege to be able to work around this every day, and your generosity in your donations makes it possible for the project to continue taking care of the animals. This fortunately allows us to take care of those that we have at our animal sanctuary within the camp as well as those who live on the DAKTARI farm and come to visit us every day!

Stay tuned for updates on Mohola and her baby on our Facebook and Twitter, as well as on our website!

Again, a heartfelt thank you to all for supporting what we do! Your donations make a huge difference to the project as well as our motivation to continue working hard! From everyone at DAKTARI as well as the children, and the animals, we are tremendously thankful!

Best wishes and until next time! 

Baby Duiker in the bushes!
Baby Duiker in the bushes!
 
   

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