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 former
student 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 ‘Free
Willy’!! Now I have all the room
I need to hop around and be
happy. Don’t tell anybody but I
like 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
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 Luckily
DAKTARI 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 daily
bath. People tell me I eat and
live like a pig, don’t
understand what is wrong
Shady at the vet
Iaaah iaaah… I’m Shady the
youngest donkey at DAKTARI.
A while ago my leg was
hurting 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 I
still love hanging around with
my mum Sunny, but don’t tell
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 student
My name is Mina, we met in 2005 while i was
doing grade 9 at Rakgolokwana high school, my
self and other students use to come to Daktari
for educational purposes, i wanna thank you
for the knowledge and experience you have
assist me with concerning nature conservation,
i am currently working as a data collator with
the K2C based at Hoedspruits, i have graduated
for my diploma in nature conservation and
currently doing btech[degree]. i dont know
how to thank you, because i started to acquire
knowledge from Daktari, this place gave me a
good background in terms of environmetal
knowledge and i really appreciate your effort as
well as uncle Ian. I hope to visit you one day.
Daktari Fundraising Competition
We have decided to
the 31st of March!
Last chance to win
this amazing prize!!!
Link for more information
A Special thanks to:
• Linda Dreher & Wait A Little
Linda & her daughter Lisa Kysela had a fabulous safari at Wait A
Little (African Big Five Horse Safari) and while they were there
they heard all about DAKTARI. They really appreciated the work
we do here and decided to hold a fundraising raffle in the USA
with the prize being a pair of safari tickets sponsored by Wait a
Little. All the profits will be donated to DAKTARI.
Which of the other
lodges would like
to help us?
A 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 fundraising
We 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 and
some are even free:
- contact us if you find an orphan or injured animal so we can take care of it. If can't be rehabilitated we will use it as an educational medium and
give 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 donate
but 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 will
contact them. It's 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 and children,
specially if it's 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 us
tremendously and it's 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 when
you 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.
It's not all about money -although we always need it- but it's also about having you on our side appreciating the important work we are doing.
Get a MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet
Card and help raise funds without
costing you a cent!!!
It's 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
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
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?
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
Grace got accepted to Southern Cross School.
She started her new school on the 9th of
January. She was extremely nervous on her first
day, but she survived. Within the first week she
made friends and now she never wants to
leave. Grace wanted to say thank you to
everybody who donated towards her cause and
supports her. Please click on the link for the
short 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
Great gift from UK!
We can’t thank Mridula (Ex volunteer) enough
for donating a laptop to Mbhaxeni. His biggest
dream is to become an architect and now he
is well on his way Even though he is still in
high school, he is drawing houses by hand and
even sold a few already. The next step for him
was to start making his drawings on a
computer and now he finally can!! He was so
amazed and emotional, Thank You Mridula!
Some 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 African
more sponsors of R200 hawk eagle needs a
per month, sponsor for R200
to fill his big appetite! per month.
Herbie is also
Tugela & Molopo need looking for a
someone to sponsor sponsor to satisfy
them for just R200 his huge cravings
each per month. for R300 per
Caline and her baby
Elfie, need a sponsor
needs a sponsor
R300 each a month.
R200 per month.
Please check our website for all the animals. Thank YOU!
How to donate…
Bank: First National Bank, Hoedspruit, South
Africa Teach over 200 Eco
Swift number: FIRN ZA JJ Club kids in rural
Branch Number: 270652 villages
Account Number: Cheque Account (Non-Profit) UK US
62044965129 (Tax (Tax
Name: Daktari Wildlife Orphanage, South Africa Deductible Deductible
in UK) in US)
Click on required Global
Giving icon to donate
Stichting Daktari Bush School Nederland
ING 5254438 te Rosmalen Environmental
Education for over
Bank: Sparkasse Münsterland-Ost
Konto-Nummer: 1350 88 888.
Name: Spendensammelverein Münster e.V.
Reference: DAKTARI-Südafrika – Busch-Schule &
Wildwaisen - Station
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Thank you to all our friends, donors, sponsors and volunteers, we couldn’t do this