This April we have welcomed a number of animals to the DAKTARI family including a new baby Sable Antelope called Tony. He arrived from a neighboring farm and is enjoying his new home with Tango the baby Sable Antelope and Chimoya the baby buffalo. We have also got two new babies mongoose, Eddie and Crash, that are slowly settling in and will soon join our mongoose family. When the pack is big enough, we plan to release them back to the bush. Our final addition to the family is Joe the baby squirrel. He was found abandoned a few days ago and has been hand raised by our volunteers. He is very actives and loves to jump and climb all over the branches in his new enclosure.
We also recently welcomed Beth, our new Animal Assistant. She is from England and will be staying with us for 6 months. Beth will help our Animal Manager,Johnson, with the care and welfare of DAKTARI's animals.
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.
Last year, we accomplished a great deal in the Wildlife Orphanage and we hope the coming year is even more successful! In 2017, we released 13 animals into the wild: 5 squirrels, 1 brown snake eagle, 3 jackals (unfortunately two returned) and 6 mongooses. Although it was hard saying goodbye, we had 34 new animals arrive at DAKTARI! We welcomed meerkats, wood owls, mongooses, squirrels, a steppe buzzard and Molly the bush pig! Most of these animals were brought to us by animal rehabilitation centers and members of the local community.
This month we have already taken in four new squirrels and an orphaned chick called Chiquito!
Over the holiday period, we have spent time renovating some of our animal enclosures. Our rabbit enclosure has been completely updated creating a larger and more natural space for the rabbits to live in. We have also introduced a new diet plan for most of the animals thanks to the knowledge and guidance of our new Animal Assistant, Marina.
These changes would not be possible without you and your tremendous support. From all of our beautiful animals we are sending you a huge thank you for keeping them fed and happy!
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