The outreach program manages eco-clubs in two local schools to teach the kids about environmental subjects such as conservation. A second part of the program is a waste management project with the local community. The village has a terrible rubbish problem. The aim of this project is to work with the Oaks village to try to solve their lack of responsible waste management.
On March 1st the Outreach Manager and her assistant met with the market committee of the Oaks Village to discuss the cause of the rubbish problem in the village and what solutions can be put in place.
This meeting was also the opportunity to give them two wheelbarrows which had been donated by Lasher Tools, and to do a rubbish clean with the committee members at the marketplace.
The next step of this project is to meet with the other committees in the village to discuss the problem and unite on a greater level.
Thank you again for your valuable contribution.
The DAKTARI Team
At the end of each week, our volunteers choose a "winner" of the week according to their politeness, participation in the classroom, and their general enthusiasm and behavior during their week at DAKTARI. On Friday, the children have a ceremony to end their week and a "winner of the week" is chosen. They are rewarded with a tree that they can plant at home or at school and are invited to participate in a day trip with the winners from the other weeks.
This time, we took the eight children for a day trip to Tshukudu Bush Camp for a game drive! Our volunteer coordinator and two other volunteers accompanied the children on the drive.
They saw many animals including zebra, giraffe, kudu, hippo, crocodile, waterbuck, impala, caracal and two rhino families! They learned a lot about the wildlife and animals thanks to the knowledge of the wonderful ranger Richard. The children were amazed by the animals and even got to touch three beautiful cheetahs that were raised on the reserve. This is the first time that they got to see many animals in the wild.
Thank you for your continued support without which this would not be possible!
Welcome back to the DAKTARI newsletter,
We are glad to welcome two new babies at DAKTARI, including our first Big Five!
A few weeks ago, we welcomed a baby sable antelope called Tango given to us by a nearby farm. We took in Tango when he was only 2 days old because his mother could not produce milk to feed him.
We recently welcomed Chimoya, a baby buffalo, given to us by a local farmer. We are taking care of her because her mum rejected her. She is now settled into her new enclosure with Tango, who is very happy to have a new friend!
Our volunteers are doing an amazing job of providing food and care for our two new babies! They are feeding them every few hours, making sure they receive all the attention they need.
When Tango and Chimoya grow enough to go by themselves they will be released in a neighboring reserve where they are free to enjoy the bush.