Educate African Children about the environment

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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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Twitter: @Daktariafrica
Project Leader:
Michele Merrifield
Hoedspruit, Limpopo Province South Africa

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