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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
Feeding the mongoose
Feeding the mongoose

First of all, we hope that you and your family are keeping well during this crisis, and our thoughts go towards who has been impacted by the virus. 

Despite being in lockdown since March 27, DAKTARI still puts the well-being of the animals first and this is how we do it:

- During this period, everyone left at DAKTARI, whether it is staff, volunteers or office people, is helping out to make sure animals are keeping well.

- We sent all our staff home when the lockdown started, however our Animal Manager Johnson stayed to run our Wildlife Orphanage. Together with the few people left at DAKTARI, they take care of the animals daily. They do the morning and afternoon "stabling", which is feeding the animals and sweeping their enclosures.

- Big cleans of the enclosures are carried on as usual once per week. This is extremely important as this is when we desinfect fully the enclosures, check on the fences and gates and make sure the animals are safe and healthy. 

- These difficult times have a bright side: they allow us to have even more time for animal enrichment! Every day, we collect fresh branches and leaves to put in various enclosures, we stuff boxes with hay, worms and other treats to give to some animals, and we even made an Easter-themed enrichment! Animals are always very excited about it and they loved it. 

- On a sad note, one of our dassie called Big boy passed away last week. After being attacked and injured by other dassies, we took care of its injuries and put him in a seperate enclosure where he could recover. Unfortunately, despite Michele's love and care, he did not survive and is now resting in peace in our animal cemetery. 

- We are planning to release three squirrels that we handraised in the next days, as they are now big enough to live in the wild and to climb trees. We will miss them but we might still see them around the farm!

The wildlife orphanage is currently our biggest source of expense, as we still have to feed the animals and provide care even if we do not have any income from volunteers. We cannot emphazise enough how grateful we are for your support and help during these difficult times.

Any donation we receive makes a tremendous impact in our budget and relieve a bit of the stress we are currently going through.

Thank you and stay safe!

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We hope you had a good start of the year and that 2020 will be a year to remember! A lot has been going on at DAKTARI and we are very excited to update you on our Wildlife Orphanage.

We're excited to say that we were able to give quite a few of our resident animal friends a new start with the new year. We did 3 animal releases since our last newsletter that we are very proud of.

The first release was oue group of mongooses. We were able to give 12 of these little furry animals a new home on a neighbouring reserve where they quickly started exploring and playing!

The second release involved our beloved waterbuck Pacou. Pacou was getting too big and we wanted him to have the best life he could, so we walked him over to a nearby farm where he can hopefully join another herd of waterbuck.

We made a blogpost about both of these releases if you'd like to read a bit more about them!

And last but not least we set two of our squirrels free! During the year we get lots of little squirrels that are found in people's houses or fall from the roof. We had two of them in the past few months that were raised by our volunteers. Squirrels are really independent really quickly, so it was time for them to go their own way.

We wish them a happy and propserous life in the wild!

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It is time to look back at what we've have achieved with you during the year!  

The 12 past months have been filled with lots of joy and challenges.

Thanks to your support, we were not alone! You were there to back us up and your trust means the world to us. 

We are very proud of our impact and made a short video inviting you to the DAKTARI's vibe! 

We hope it will help you to visualise better how your investment has been used.

Thank you for being a part of it, we know we owe you a lot!  

Wish you lots of success and happyness in 2020. 

 

Best regards,

 

Ian and Michele 

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Wally the Duiker
Wally the Duiker

As a wildlife orphanage, DAKTARI plays a key role in rescuing and looking after orphaned animals that need special care and attention to survive.

The recent rains have begun to restore the bush to is summertime state, resulting in turning it to vibrant green colour and flourishing trees. With the rain comes the babies, and while we had seen many happy families roaming around the farm, we also sadly found some abandoned babies that we urgently took our care.

We recently stumbled upon an abandoned litter of two African Wild Cat kittens near the DAKTARI camp site. The decision to rescue, home and release them in the near future was taken. It won’t be long till the kittens become cats and their instinct to hunt small rodents, birds, frogs and at times small antelope will take over. We promise to keep you all updated as to the progress of Bonnie and Clyde.

A few weeks later, we happened to have two young squirrels falling off the roof of a chalet in camp on the very same day. The stunned babies have been immediately taken care of and with a lot of love care, a few days later they were playing around and eating well. We are planning to release them very soon, and we can't wait to see them around camp with all the other squirrels we already have!

After a violent storm and heavy rains, a baby mongoose had been found alone by some nearby people. They called us to take care of it, which we are doing. Goose is very vocal and has a lot of energy and is already starting to dig and climb everywhere. He loves cuddles and attention, which we are more than happy to give him!

Last but not least, a baby duiker had been found by people in the communities that had been to DAKTARI before and they thought the best thing to do was to call us to rescue him. And we are glad they did! Wally is only a few weeks old but he is doing really well and is adjusting well to his new environment. 

We will keep you updated on when, where and how we are going to release them! 

Goose the Mongoose
Goose the Mongoose
Baby squirrel
Baby squirrel
Bonnie the Wild Cat
Bonnie the Wild Cat
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Monty the mongoose
Monty the mongoose

Those of you who have been following us for a while will remember Monty as the baby mongoose that came in in January of this year. Monty is a banded mongoose and was brought in when he was only a few weeks old.

 Our volunteers completely fell in love with him as they bottle-fed him, but he is quite a bit bigger now. He joined the big mongooses a few months back and has been having the time of his life playing and rolling around with them!

We are actually planning on releasing our adult mongooses soon and we couldn't be more excited about it! And we are sure Monty and the other mongooses feel the same way !

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DAKTARI Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

Location: Hoedspruit, Limpopo Province - South Africa
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Project Leader:
Marie Bauvin
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Hoedspruit, Limpopo Province South Africa
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