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by DAKTARI Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage
Provide Food & Care for the Wildlife Orphanage
Provide Food & Care for the Wildlife Orphanage
Provide Food & Care for the Wildlife Orphanage
Provide Food & Care for the Wildlife Orphanage
Provide Food & Care for the Wildlife Orphanage
Provide Food & Care for the Wildlife Orphanage
Provide Food & Care for the Wildlife Orphanage
Provide Food & Care for the Wildlife Orphanage
Provide Food & Care for the Wildlife Orphanage
Provide Food & Care for the Wildlife Orphanage
Provide Food & Care for the Wildlife Orphanage
Provide Food & Care for the Wildlife Orphanage
Provide Food & Care for the Wildlife Orphanage
Provide Food & Care for the Wildlife Orphanage
Provide Food & Care for the Wildlife Orphanage
Provide Food & Care for the Wildlife Orphanage
Provide Food & Care for the Wildlife Orphanage
Provide Food & Care for the Wildlife Orphanage
Provide Food & Care for the Wildlife Orphanage
Provide Food & Care for the Wildlife Orphanage
Provide Food & Care for the Wildlife Orphanage
Provide Food & Care for the Wildlife Orphanage
Provide Food & Care for the Wildlife Orphanage
Provide Food & Care for the Wildlife Orphanage
Filming for Oxford Scientific Films
Filming for Oxford Scientific Films

It’s been a busy few months here for our animals. During the month of May we got visited by 2 big film companies who wanted to do stories on some of the incredible animals at our orphanage.

The first crew that visited our camp was Ginkgo Agency, a company from Cape Town that is currently making a new series called “Beautiful News” where they take a better look at the life story of certain animals. During their two day stay, Ginkgo Agency filmed a total of five episodes for this new series. These episodes revolve around our two African wood owls, Thor the marmoset, our crocodile, Dongo the wild dog and Tikki and Gasper, the little meerkats. As said before, these videos will revolve about the animal itself. About how they were treated, how they ended up at DAKTARI and how they live now. We’re honoured that Ginkgo Agency reached out to us to capture some of our animals on film and we can’t wait to see the videos!

A few weeks after that, the British film production company called Oxford Scientific Films paid us a visit. They are currently developing a new series about unusual animal friendships and came by our camp to record the interesting friendship between our marmoset Thor and baby mongooses Django and Teddy. You may recognize the name Oxford Scientific Films because they have made some really amazing animal documentaries before. Seeing the crew at work was really cool and interesting to see! The documentary won’t air in the near future, but we know that the end result will be more than worth the wait.

George the baby squirrel
George the baby squirrel

Wow, the past few months have been very busy here at DAKTARI. We’ve been raising lots of babies and some of them have even been released already!

Most of the babies that have come in these past months are squirrels and mongooses. We found/welcomed a total of 6 squirrels, 4 of which are now happily roaming around our camp and one of which is still quite small and is still learning how to climb. The last one of the squirrels sadly died. He was only a few days old when he fell from the roof and had some internal damage. We tried to take care of him for a few days before he died from his injuries.

As hard as we try, it’s not always possible to save the animals that we find or that are brought to us. When the injuries are internal, there’s no way for us to heal them or when the animal is already too weak when it arrives, it’s sometimes not possible to save them.

We did however successfully take care of 3 baby mongooses. Monty is the oldest and is currently in an enclosure next to the rest of our bigger mongooses so he can be integrated in the group in a few weeks. Django and Teddy are a bit smaller but are also eating on their own already and love rolling around in their enclosure. Once they’re big enough we’ll also try to integrate them into the group so we can release all of them in a later stage.

The last baby that came in only two weeks ago is Pacou, a baby waterbuck. He’s the cutest little thing and he’s still getting used to his new environment. He’s started taking little walks around our garden where our sheeps keep him company, but he still spends a lot of time in his own camp to rest. We’ve made a video on how we take care of animals like him that you can watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQsEXgrzaIo&t=7s

Monty the baby mongoose
Monty the baby mongoose
Pacou the waterbuck
Pacou the waterbuck

January has been a busy month again for our wildlife orphanage! We welcomed 5 new babies, four squirrels and one klipspringer.

 

The DAKTARI team was first raising the 4 squirrels: Tracy, Morris, Wildy and Lana. These little babies fell from their nest earlier than they should. Some volunteers took care of them and they are now enjoying a big enclosure before we release them. Supervised by the team, the children get to help syringe feeding Tracy, Morris, Wildy and Lana, the little playful squirrel gang.

Mid January, a neighbouring farm found a baby klipspringer alone. We named him Barney and have been taking care of him since he arrived. This cute baby is now exploring his house and garden and loves climbing on the rocks.

Children that come to DAKTARI every week have little knowledge about their natural environment and the beautiful wild animals that live around them. By seeing and touching the animals, the children realise their importance for the environment and the need to protect them. This way, the kids get a personal experience with different animals, who become their teachers, showing them the importance of respecting and protecting the natural environment. And the personal bond between the children and the animals is one that will last a lifetime.

Festive Season
Festive Season

Dear Friend of DAKTARI,

As the year is almost finished, all of us at DAKTARI would like to simply thank you for your support during the year 2018. 

We welcomed 333 children for a week of environmental education, 40 youths for the job hunting program and numerous animals from squirrels, bushbabies, bushbucks, to even sable antelopes and a buffalo. 

The year was full of joy with the children and emotion with the animals. We faced many challenges and got over most of them. 

Our achievements were possible thanks to your support, so our success is also YOURS! 

We wish you a wonderful festive season and will keep you updated on our progress in 2019. 

Lots of love and esteem. 

Spring is in the air! Nature is waking up again and so are all the wild animals that have already started their annual season of welcoming new babies into this world. Ideally, the babies born in the wild stay there with their mothers, drinking their milk and learning to survive while exploring this brand new world. However, for various reasons some babies sadly don’t get the chance to be raised by their mothers and are left to survive in the wild on their own. But, some of them are lucky enough to be found by nice people and brought to DAKTARI, where we make sure to give them the best care until they are strong enough to join their peers in the bush.

We were brought the first of our little baby gang in early September from a neighbouring farm, where they found a small bushbuck all alone and covered with ticks. They brought her to us and we have been hand raising her every three hours ever since. We named this gorgeous little bushbuck Pixie and she is now growing up happily along with our sheep Mouton, until she is strong enough to be released back into the wild.

We found our baby squirrels Jackpot and Lotto abandoned in our camp, while Fifi was brought to us by the good people from Sausage Tree Lodge. They are sharing their temporary home with our baby bunny named Burrito, who just like the squirrels decided to try and explore the big wide world a little bit too early. They are now all good friends and being syringe fed by our long term volunteers until they are big enough to rejoin their friends.

Our last, but no less cute baby was found abandoned at Thornybush two weeks ago. We named this little bundle of joy Peekaboo and have been syringe feeding her every three hours (including during the night). She’s now beginning to explore her surroundings, happily jumping around and playing peekaboo every evening.

 

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DAKTARI Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

Location: Hoedspruit, Limpopo Province - South Africa
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Project Leader:
Silke Gadeyne
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Hoedspruit, Limpopo Province South Africa
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