DAKTARI is a home for wild animals whom, for most of them, cannot be rehabilitated because of injuries or being tamed by people. DAKTARI is giving them a second chance in life while being a tool to educate underprivileged children. The wildlife orphanage started with a blind donkey and a bushbuck. Today, more than 80 animals call DAKTARI home, including that same blind donkey and bushbuck.
The goal of DAKTARI is to educate underprivileged children about the incredibly rich natural heritage of South Africa. Due to the non-profit nature of our project, we rely heavily on donations to keep the project running. The global focus of the organisation is the children, yet the animals become essential in providing a wholesome educational experience. This makes it a key project to keep the animals in a healthy environment as well as provide a healthy diet for them.
By keeping the animals healthy through clean and spacious enclosures as well as a nutritious diet, it is both beneficial for the animals as well as the children as it allows them to interact or observe the animals in a positive environment. Moreover, by having the children participating in providing nutrition and care for the animals it acts as great educational experience for the children as they learn the importance of caring for the animals here as well as those in the wild.
A positive and clean environment with healthy and cared-for animals serves to push our impact on the children, and consequently on the community. Likewise, through the education of the future generations of the area, we aim to make a lasting impact on the local wildlife. In addition to this, when it's possible we release our animals into the wild.