Educate African Children about the environment

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Educate African Children about the environment
Educate African Children about the environment
Educate African Children about the environment
Educate African Children about the environment
Educate African Children about the environment
Educate African Children about the environment
Educate African Children about the environment
Educate African Children about the environment
Educate African Children about the environment
Educate African Children about the environment
Educate African Children about the environment
Educate African Children about the environment
Educate African Children about the environment
Educate African Children about the environment
Educate African Children about the environment
Educate African Children about the environment
Educate African Children about the environment
Educate African Children about the environment
Educate African Children about the environment
Educate African Children about the environment
Educate African Children about the environment
Educate African Children about the environment
Educate African Children about the environment
Educate African Children about the environment
Educate African Children about the environment
Educate African Children about the environment
Educate African Children about the environment

2018 was again a busy year for us!

 

We welcomed 172 international volunteers coming from all over the world to teach our local children. In the meantime, 333 kids came to DAKTARI to learn about environment and care about their wildlife.

In December we welcomed our last group of children with a Christmas spirit. Like every year, the kids and the volunteers decorated the Christmas tree and the lapa. Even the dogs joined the party!  

We hope 2019 is going to be even more busy: more projects, more volunteers, more exciting news! And of course, with all of you by our side!!!

Festive Season
Festive Season

Dear Friend of DAKTARI,

As the year is almost finished, all of us at DAKTARI would like to simply thank you for your support during the year 2018. 

We welcomed 333 children for a week of environmental education, 40 youths for the job hunting program and numerous animals from squirrels, bushbabies, bushbucks, to even sable antelopes and a buffalo. 

The year was full of joy with the children and emotion with the animals. We faced many challenges and got over most of them. 

Our achievements were possible thanks to your support, so our success is also YOURS! 

We wish you a wonderful festive season and will keep you updated on our progress in 2019. 

Lots of love and esteem. 

Every Friday, our volunteer teachers pick the weekly winner amongst the children that participated in our Environmental Education programme. As the most participative, respectful, involved, and curious students, the winners receive a gift along with a small tree to plant in their village. Every two to three months, DAKTARI also prepares a special treat for our weekly winners, so this September we took 10 most promising children from our education programme on a trip to Tshukudu Bush Camp for a day of exciting safari adventures.

Tshukudu Bush Camp is famous for its very human-friendly cheetah that was born in Tshukudu to her mother that was brought to the game lodge by the police after finding her being hand-raised in an apartment. When her 3 cubs were only six months old, the mother died and the cubs were hand-raised by the lodge staff in order to survive without their mother. The three cubs eventually grew up, but despite being free and not losing their natural instincts to hunt, they remain very friendly towards people. The children were excited to meet the famous cheetah and were even able to pet her. They also went on a safari drive, where they were happy to see two big white rhinos, giraffes, hippos, and other wild animals they don’t normally get a chance to see. The guide also told the children a lot of interesting facts about the animals, their importance for the environment and the dangers they are facing.

Seeing the sparkles in the children's eyes after a day of fun and adventure gives an extra boost of energy to the work we do and after every trip like this one we are even more determined to inspire the future generations to preserve the precious natural environment.

DAKTARI Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage works with local schools to educate children about the importance of protecting their environment. Each Monday, DAKTARI welcomes eight to ten new students to attend lessons and learn how to care of the wildlife and value their environment.

During this week, the kids learn about the environment with lesson about the impact of plastic on nature, anti-poaching, discovering the signs and tracks of the animals… At the end of the week, they make South Africa a better place lesson, in which they have to write down 6 promises that they are going to follow all their life. Those promises must be toward positive changes for themselves and the country, so they can proudly and directly be players of Making South Africa a better place.

 

During the lesson on the environment on every Tuesday, the volunteers make a little game with the children so they can understand better the impact of throwing rubbish on the ground for example. They have to guess how long it will take until rubbish like tin can or glass will break down to soil. The kids were very surprised to learn that certain things like plastics bottles are non-biodegradable and will never disappear. We know this lesson impacted them, because 7 of the 10 kids of the week chose to promise that they would never throw rubbish on the ground.

 

With your help we can continue to provide an education to these children so they learn about the impact of protecting and respecting the environment.

children feeding a baby squirrel
children feeding a baby squirrel

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.

 

Children & a rabbit
Children & a rabbit
children feeding antelope
children feeding antelope
Chimoya and a volunteer
Chimoya and a volunteer
 

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DAKTARI Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

Location: Hoedspruit, Limpopo Province - South Africa
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Project Leader:
Michele Merrifield
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Hoedspruit, Limpopo Province South Africa
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