| Sep 30, 2016
New animals and the start of baby season
Little Poquita, the baby nyala
Your donations are now helping us feed even more animals!
As of today, DAKTARI has 83 animals in our camp that you are supporting. The start of baby season means that number is likely to grow! Thankfully, many of the babies that we raise are able to be released back into the wild.
We welcomed three new animals to DAKTARI in September. The first new addition was a baby nyala from the neighboring game reserve, Makalali. The rangers at the game lodge saw that the baby was alone for a full night, which is very unusual if the mother is still alive and caring for the baby. The next morning they called us to see if we could take her in. Of course, we said "yes!" having raised two nyalas last year. We brought her to camp and named her Poquita.
She is being bottle-fed by our volunteers and staff and growing every day. Our volunteers have definitely fallen for her and battle every day for the chance to feed her. We are very optimistic that Poquita will survive and be released back into the wild once she is weaned.
Two days after Poquita's arrival, our students found two mice on the floor of their bathroom and ran to tell us! Just the fact that they told us about the small animals and wanted to make sure they were being cared for, is a sign of the impact of our teaching program on their attitude towards animals. Our animal manager, Willington, went to take a closer look and found that the mice were actually two baby squirrels! There was no sign of the mother and we believe she died just the day before. We took the babies in and began to feed them and warm them up.
The brother and sister were watched day and night by our volunteers. Unfortunately, the male squirrel did not survive following the fall. The sister, however, is doing very well and will also be released in the coming weeks! She was affectionately named Aria after the Game of Thrones character, as she is a survivor.
Our final arrival was not a baby at all! DAKTARI often works closely with the other animal rehabilitation programs in the area, most notably Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre outside of Hoedspruit. They called DAKTARI just a couple of weeks ago and asked if we had room for another eagle. Moholoholo has already donated three eagles to DAKTARI but we were eager to take another ambassador! The Wahlberg's eagle was rehabilitated at Moholoholo after being injured but is no longer able to fly, and so he cannot be released. Therefore, he will join our other eagles in an enclosure to serve as an ambassador to the children who visit DAKTARI. We are excited to welcome him and have named him Donnie!
The next few months will likely bring the arrival of more animals and more opportunity for our volunteers to take on animal care. Check out the volunteering link below if you want to join us for baby season!
We are ready!
Tiny Aria making friends
Aria, a little more grown up
Donnie, the Wahlberg Eagle