Greeting from all of us here at Daktari!
Our magnificent leopard, Shiloweni, continues to be a source of fascination to both the volunteers and the children. In fact, many of the children say that he is their favourite animal at Daktari and it is easy to see why.
The best time to catch Shiloweni is on a cloudy day. Sometimes I like to sit quietly on the viewing platform and watch as he patrols the perimeters of his enclosure. When the sun is out, he always harder to spot, often hiding in the shade or in the long grass – all you can see is the occasional swish of his tail!
He never tires of his daily meals and is always ready and waiting for Jacob or Lucky to bring him his ‘catch of the day’ – usually chickens or impala. Click here to see Shiloweni in action at dinner time!
Despite the length of time he has been with us and his obvious strength and power, Shiloweni continues to be wary of humans. He does not appreciate too much interaction with us. We, in turn, have to retain a healthy respect for him as a wild animal and limit the number of visits to his enclosure. We must remember that Shiloweni was not raised by humans, but grew to adulthood as a wild leopard. Were it not for the loss of his canines, he would still be living happily in the bush.
Of course, Shiloweni still needs more support. Feeding a leopard and maintaining his fences does not come cheap! Don’t forget that you can encourage your friends and family to get involved – perhaps you can post the following link onto your social networks, such as Facebook or Twitter:
Daktari simply could not operate without the help of people like you and we certainly wouldn’t be able to provide a safe home for an animal such as Shiloweni without your help. So, from all of us here at Daktari, thank you for making a difference!