On 16th February our beautiful donkey Sunny gave birth to her first child, a bouncing baby boy! Welcome to the world little Shady! Mother and baby are both doing well :o)You can do it I did it Shady, mummy!! there’s a I’m walking!! good boy I’m so proud of you!
Our first week in January brought us eight children from a local orphanage. They were such lovely, happy children, despite their situation. We wanted to make this week extra special for them so with the help and generosity of friends, we arranged for them to have a game drive with Siyafunda, a wildlife research project nearby, and also a trip to Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre, followed by lunch out.The Children were so happy with their week at Daktari, with some saying it was the best week of their lives. Thank you Claudia from Siyafunda, and Brian Jones from Moholoholo for helping us have such a great week!
We have some big news to start off 2012 - we have said our tearful goodbyes to our two lovable warthogs, Miranda andSamantha. After taking care of them for a year, in which they grew bigger and bigger, it was time for them to live their own life! They were free to go while at Daktari but loved people too much so they stayed around. That was very nice and sweet, but weraised them to release them - not to keep them as our pets forever – and with their growing tusks it was not an option anyway. Luckily we found a great new home for them with lots of space and delicious grass! On a very, very rainy Christmas Eve we loaded the pigs (with some difficulty) into the back of the bakkie. First we put their house in, and then constructed a ramp into the back. We used food and cuddles to tempt them into their house, then closed up the back and drove them to the private reserve nearby. It is a gorgeous space with lots of land and only three houses, and will be perfect for our girls. Camp seems oddly quiet without them, and we do miss them a lot. We know that this was the right decision for the animals, though, and it feels good to know that they will be happy in their new home! We love our new home!!!!
We had a VERY exciting day at Daktari. Our awesome vet, Peter Rogers, came by to do a check-up on our leopard, Shiloweni, and make sure hes doing ok.While he was sleeping, the volunteers quickly cleaned up his camp... 2 years worth ofimpala bones were removed with military precision! Everything went to plan, all thevolunteers got a chance to touch Shiloweni and get their picture taken with him. We took the children to the viewing deck to watch the proceedings, and when we weregiven the all-clear by Peter Rogers we took them into the camp. The children were so excited to be near to and touch a leopard! One of the kids said, "At first I was scared... but he was so beautiful!” Shiloweni is in excellent health and now has a nice clean camp to roam around in. It was such an amazing experience for everyone!
A new school year started so also a fresh start for the Daktari Eco Clubs! We startedwith elections for the clubs, who would be the president, chairperson and treasurerfor their club. We had at least three candidates for each position! They held theirspeech in front of their fellow club members, they were so nervous! After thespeeches each member had the opportunity to vote for their choice. They all took itvery seriously! Joseph running for president at Ramatau Eco Voting, who is the best candidate…. Club.
We also had the opportunity to plant some new trees at Maahlamele school. Wemade holes, planted and watered the trees. So they can grow nicely into big trees. Thechildren all worked hard and took care of the trees.The children know now why it is so important to have trees, because without them wewon’t have oxygen to live!In the picture on the right you see one of the boys, Marothi, with his Daktari tree. Hetook care of it for over a year now and he is really proud to show everybody his owntree!
We had lessons about rubbish and why plastic is so bad for the environment, we talkedabout extinct and endangered species and we also had some extra time to play somegames.We have about 40 members at Ramtau and 60 members at Maahlamele Eco Club. Theseare a lot of youngsters! So every week a volunteer joins me to the school to assist me withthe lessons. I also have the help of 6 students who finished their matric and are selectedfor our new project. Really, I need that help You can follow me and the Eco Clubs on Facebook, DAKTARI Eco Clubs.Risette, Daktari Outreach Manager
Volunteers Jan-Feb Clockwise from top: Rachel from Australia, Jackie & Noor from The Netherlands,Floriane, Jeremy & Laurie from France, Cedric from Switzerland, Melissa & Sonya from Canada, Severine from The Reunion Islands, Ross from Malaysia, And Karla, our new Volunteer Coordinator from Germany
HOLY RAIN DROPS BATMAN! Using our Imaginations…With January came the RAIN! Our As the children couldn’t go to Makalali dam burst, trapping us on the because of the rain, we brought Makalalisodden grounds of Daktari Island to the children! Volunteers dressed up asby a raging river of doom! (on the different professions and answered theplus side the rain was warm and it children’s questions, before going on a wasn’t windy!!) “game drive” in the bar! We pretended to be animals and were “spotted” from the game vehicle by the children. Everyone had soo much fun!! Tortoise Escape!! For a second week the kids couldn’t go This little tortoise has taken a to Makalali, this time we painted their shine to climbing the fence of his faces so that THEY could be the animals! enclosure. I think he’s beenspending too much time watching Vulture Restaurant the monkeys!! We were donated a load of ostrich bones for our animals. We put the many leftover bones out into the bush then watched as the Vultures Goodbye Laura and Marabou Stalks came to feed! As a leaving present to Laura, the volunteer coordinator, the boys decided to throw her in the pool! Lots of space to work! Mirabelle has taken up residence on my desk, which makes working quite difficult! It’s a good job she’s cute!! We desperatly miss our Laura
Cyclone Dando hit The flooding at Daktari wasMozambique on 16th nothing compared to theJanuary, the resulting floods that hitfloods ran down into Hoedspruit, our nearestSouth Africa causing town. At Daktari we weredams to burst and lucky that we have many dryrivers to swell. More river beds and land for thestorms are expected water to run off. In the townto hit Mozambique there was no such release forover the coming the water. Many were leftmonths, hopefully stranded on the roof of theiraffecting us to a house and over 135 werelesser extent! airlifted to safety by helicopter.
Thank you to Anja and Gerrit from The Netherlands who donated €250 from the Marienborn school fair.Johnson Controls in Germany held a family day for their employees and asked them to donate to Daktari, they raised €1164 which the company matched to make the total donation of €2328!! Another thank you to Hills for their continual support and for keeping us stocked with dog food Thank you to “les amis felins” who gave €100, it is much appreciated! All of us at Daktari would like to give a special thank you to Michele & Ian’s friends for taking them away on holiday over the christmas break. It was long overdue and very much needed, and they both returned to Daktari happy and refreshed. So again, thank you, if you hadn’t taken them, they’d never have gone!! :o)
Daktari has been working closely with LEDET (Limpopo Economic Development, Environment and Tourism) recently, and in January we received a call to say they werecoming to see us as they had something for us. We were so pleased when they arrivedthe next morning with 20 baby trees for our Eco Club Kids to plant at their schools!
Ian and Michele would like to say a very special thank you to one of our great donors who invited them for a wonderful fishing trip in Zambia. This corporate donor who wishes to stay anonymous, understands how tiring it is to run a non profit organisation, while never having enough funds or good reasons to go onholiday. This year they had a real treat and flew to Zambia for 10 days fishing in a lovely lodge. Obviously fish shall not be killed and/or hurt, and are released. Michele who initially went to get a rest, got a new addiction: Tiger Fishing!!!A REAL THANK YOU to our sponsor for this wonderful time and to Shackletons for their wonderful place and welcome!!! I never knew how much rest I needed until it has been given to me. I will never forget this wonderful gift which made us stronger and ready for new challenges in 2012. Thank you for thinking of us and taking care of our health too.
Daktari is always looking at different ways to develop, and make more impact on theenvironment and the future of our South African children. The international economic crisis has made our fundraising more and more difficult and we need some help to focus seriously on it. We have decided to offer two long term office positions to help us achieve our goals. One position is for Marketing & Communication and the other one is for Fundraising and Outreach programme Assistance. If you are interested in one of these long term (9 to 12 months) volunteer positions (not paid) please contact Michele at email@example.comOur Urgent needs for Development:- 1 Mac Laptop (for the new office volunteer so he/she can access our Mac Network)- 1 New office building so we aren’t so crowded and can concentrate. Estimated cost R80,000 (€8000 / £7200)- 1 Camp extension for our leopard Shiloweni so we can safely clean his camp regularly.If you can help with any of these developments please contact Daktari at firstname.lastname@example.org
Shiloweni still needs more sponsors of R200 per month, to fill his big appetite!Caline still needs a sponsor Our little cutie Tiki needs a Tugela & Molopo need someone for her & her baby Elfie, sponsor for just R150 per to sponsor them for just R200 just R300 a month each. Month each per month.