Animal News:Richard, the new mongoose Hello there, My name is Richard aka ‘Nthatha’ and I am the newest banded mongoose at DAKTARI. I was all alone and didn’t know what to do so I found a house and thought I should stay there. Little did I know that the people living there wouldn’t like me biting them. Luckily they knew DAKTARI and brought me to this amazing place. It’s all very new for me but I think I’ll be making friends with the other mongooses very soon.
Hello again, I’m Willy, the scrub Animal News:hare that got saved by a formerstudent and raised at DAKTARI. Free Willy & Wild Storm After 3 months at this amazing place it was time for me to go into the bush and be a ‘FreeWilly’!! Now I have all the room I need to hop around and be happy. Don’t tell anybody but Ilike DAKTARI so much that I still prefer being around camp. Fly Fly.. Butterfly.. Spotted Eagle Owl fly!! I’m Storm and yes I can fly. I grew some more feathers, learned how to be independent, and off I went into the wild
Animal News: Herbie’s new home.Knorr Knorr… oh hello, didn’t see you there. I’m getting older now, almost 5 whole months, so the people here didn’t expect I was going to be that big, haha LuckilyDAKTARI decided to build me a new home, which is awesome, much bigger and leopard proof. Don’t really like leopards. Twice a day I walk with my friends to the dam, where I take my dailybath. People tell me I eat and live like a pig, don’t understand what is wrong with that?
Animal News:Shady at the vet Iaaah iaaah… I’m Shady theyoungest donkey at DAKTARI. A while ago my leg washurting so much because of a wound that was very deep, luckily the people of Daktari brought me to this amazing guy called Peter Rogers (Provet Wildlife Services) twice a month. My leg is all better now Istill love hanging around withmy mum Sunny, but don’t tell anyone.
Animal News: R.I.P. Otts Very sadly for the team here at Daktari, our new mongoose Otts became ill and passed away just after settling in. Confounded by her death, we took her to our wildlife vet Peter Rogers for an autopsy. He discovered a previously unknown chronic liver condition. We miss her and her loving personality greatly, only comforted by the fact that she was happily eating grasshoppers and cuddling with us in her last hours.
A letter from a former studentHi Michele,My name is Mina, we met in 2005 while i wasdoing grade 9 at Rakgolokwana high school, myself and other students use to come to Daktarifor educational purposes, i wanna thank youfor the knowledge and experience you haveassist me with concerning natureconservation, i am currently working as a datacollator with the K2C based at Hoedspruits, ihave graduated for my diploma in natureconservation and currently doingbtech[degree]. i dont know how to thankyou, because i started to acquire knowledgefrom Daktari, this place gave me a goodbackground in terms of environmetalknowledge and i really appreciate your effort aswell as uncle Ian. I hope to visit you one day.RegardsMina
Daktari Fundraising Competition Extended!! We have decided to extend our fundraising competition until the 31st of March! Last chance to win this amazing prize!!! Link for more information
SponsorsA Special thanks to:• Linda Dreher & Wait A LittleLinda & her daughter Lisa Kysela had a fabulous safari at Wait ALittle (African Big Five Horse Safari) and while they were therethey heard all about DAKTARI. They really appreciated the workwe do here and decided to hold a fundraising raffle in the USAwith the prize being a pair of safari tickets sponsored by Wait aLittle. All the profits will be donated to DAKTARI. Which of the other lodges would like to help us?
SponsorsA special thanks to:• Brigitte Bardot Foundation for sponsoring the extension of the Leopard camp. Here is the achievement • Panda Security donated our anti-virus programs for the year! We would also like to thank every individual person who has helped us, small or big, they are all important. Without your support we could not keep our project going.
Tips for fundraisingWe know it’s not always possible for you to donate to Daktari. However, there are many things you can do to help which does not cost much andsome are even free:- contact us if you find an orphan or injured animal so we can take care of it. If cant be rehabilitated we will use it as an educational medium andgive it a second chance in life.- Put envelopes or boxes for donations in your guest house or shop for any visitors you may have. We cannot assume that people will not donatebut just make it available if they want to. (Contact us to get the envelopes)- If you know anybody in the corporate world who would be happy to donate to Daktari for tax or BEE purposes. Give us their details and we willcontact them. Its always better to be recommended by somebody they know.- Share our social media with your friends and family. Our link to Facebook and Twitter. People like to hear stories about animals andchildren, specially if its suggested by you.- Create an event to fundraise or connect us to special events (e.g.: golf day, book club)- Sign up for a monthly debit order from your bank account. (This will be set up very shortly) Any donation as little as R 50 a month helps ustremendously and its heart warming to know you are with us.- We are now listed as beneficiary of My School (supported by Woolworth and many other shops). Please sign up for this card and use it whenyou buy in the linked shops. Follow this link to get your card and chose DAKTARI as a beneficiary. Encourage your friends to do the same.- Give us the email addresses of your friends and guests so we can send them our newsletters.- recommend our volunteer experience to your friends and family from overseas.Its not all about money -although we always need it- but its also about having you on our side appreciating the important work we are doing.
Get a MySchool MyVillage MyPlanetCard and help raise funds withoutcosting you a cent!!! Its FREE and every swipe counts! Daktari is now part of the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet fundraising programme which helps raise funds for schools, charities and environmental concerns across South Africa. It is the easiest way to support us, without even costing you a cent... Apply for a free MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet card and nominate DAKTARI as your beneficiary. Present your card every time you purchase items from any of the participating partners (including Woolworths, Engen QuickShops, Kalahari.com, Waltons, Toys R Us, Reggie’s, Jack’s Paint and Altech Netstar outlets) throughout South Africa. The retail partner then donates up to 5% of your purchase to your chosen beneficiary. Every swipe counts! Click here to apply on-line for a card, or call 0860 100 445, or visit any Woolworths store.
Would anyone like to sponsor a Gazebo? Hi Everybody! We are looking at getting a promotional gazebo to expose Daktari in cities and communities, creating awareness and fundraising. The company we found could make one at cost price for us for R 5500 which is still very expensive. Does any of you know a company who could offer better ? or somebody who could sponsor it? Email In advance thank you for your help. Ian and Michele
Eco-Club News By RisetteDe Haas Daktari Outreach becomes Daktari YEP! We have our eco-clubs and we guide, coach young ambitious people who finished high school, but are not sure about their next step in life. We thought outreach programme was a bit too vague, so we changed the name into YEP. YEP stands for Youth Empowerment Program. Thanks to the help of Tim Marriot for designing this great logo.Grace got accepted to Southern Cross School.She started her new school on the 9th ofJanuary. She was extremely nervous on her firstday, but she survived. Within the first week shemade friends and now she never wants toleave. Grace wanted to say thank you toeverybody who donated towards her cause andsupports her. Please click on the link for theshort thank you video of Grace.
Eco-Club News Kutullo did it! As we told you in our last newsletter, Kutullo had an interview at SA Wildlife college. He did really well and was accepted as a student on a fully paid bursary scheme by the college! As Grace he was very nervous on his first day, after three days he phoned me and told me he absolutely loved it! Thank you to everybody who supports him! We keep you posted on his news.Great gift from UK!We can’t thank Mridula (Ex volunteer) enoughfor donating a laptop to Mbhaxeni. His biggestdream is to become an architect and now heis well on his way Even though he is still inhigh school, he is drawing houses by hand andeven sold a few already. The next step for himwas to start making his drawings on acomputer and now he finally can!! He was soamazed and emotional, Thank You Mridula!
Eco-Club NewsSome of Mbhaxeni amazing drawings:
Our latest video of DAKTARI (made by RisetteDe Haas) Please click on the picture for the link
In loving memory of Bullet Time has passed and we can’t forget our Bullet. We made an announcement of his death on Facebook but it was too painful at this time to write about it in our newsletter. For the one who didn’t get the news, Bullet left us before Christmas last year. It was just time for him to go and to rest in peace. We miss him terribly. He is buried behind the house with his sister Topaze. We have put little solar lamps on their graves so they are kind of always with us.
Shiloweni still needs Scotty our Africanmore sponsors of R200 hawk eagle needs aper month, sponsor for R200to fill his big appetite! per month. Herbie is alsoTugela & Molopo need looking for asomeone to sponsor sponsor to satisfythem for just R200 his huge cravingseach per month. for R300 per month. Our newCaline and her baby mongoose RichardElfie, need a sponsor needs a sponsorR300 each a month. R200 per month.Please check our website for all the animals. Thank YOU!
How to donate…Bank: First National Bank, Hoedspruit, SouthAfrica Teach over 200 EcoSwift number: FIRN ZA JJ Club kids in ruralBranch Number: 270652 villagesAccount Number: Cheque Account (Non-Profit) UK US62044965129 (Tax (TaxName: Daktari Wildlife Orphanage, South Africa Deductible Deductible in UK) in US) Click on required Global Giving icon to donateStichting Daktari Bush School NederlandKvK 53826736ANBI StichtingING 5254438 te Rosmalen Environmental Education for over 300 underprivileged childrenBank: Sparkasse Münsterland-OstBankleitzahl: 40050150Konto-Nummer: 1350 88 888.Name: Spendensammelverein Münster e.V.Reference: DAKTARI-Südafrika – Busch-Schule &Wildwaisen - Station Donate by Pay Pal
Thank you to all our friends, donors, sponsors and volunteers, we couldn’t do this without you!!