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Daktari Newsletter September - October 2013

Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage is an educational animal reserve located near the town of Hoedspruit in Limpopo Province, South Africa. Every Monday morning we welcome a new group of 8-10 underprivileged children from neighbouring communities who stay with us full board for 5 days. Over the course of the week the children receive our structured syllabus covering subjects from conservation, environment and pollution to social talks on drugs, alcohol, sex education and how to make South Africa a better place. All of the teaching is delivered by volunteers from all over the world who pay to experience Daktari and all it has to offer, as a registered NGO the majority of our funding is generated through our volunteers and we could not operate without their help. The Daktari reserve itself is home to a variety of rescued birds, animals and reptiles all of which are used to educate and inspire the children and volunteers who stay with us.

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Daktari Newsletter September - October 2013

  1. 1. By Amy Hulme Hello and welcome to my second edition of DAKTARI News! My first 5 months as Marketing Volunteer at Daktari have flown by! The newsletter is fast becoming one of my favourite projects as I get to reminisce and re-live the best bits from the previous months…every day something new happens and Daktari life blurs into one great day after the next. That said, the temperature is quickly rising and creepy crawlies are quickly emerging – summer is upon us. Please read on and enjoy my compilation of the best that September and October 2013 gave us. Amy Hulme (
  2. 2. DAKTARI TV STARS! Between 18th September and 4th October, Daktari welcomed a TV crew from the popular French channel TF1. Celia and Frederic produced a documentary about Daktari which will be aired anytime soon! Follow us on facebook for the dates!  NEW CROCODILE CAMP! Our young crocs, Molopo and Tugela, were relocated to their new enclosure! They love the new open space and murky waters…hopefully they will be big enough for release in no time. 2
  3. 3. HALL ’OOOOO’ WEEN PARTY! If you’ve been to a DAKTARI bonfire you’ll know all about the rhythms, beats and dance moves. Thursday 31st October had a spooky twist as the kids and vols dressed in all sorts of costumes, they sang and danced under the moonlight with an eerie backdrop of an approaching thunderstorm. DASHING DASSIE HIDES! Our Dassies have been very shy since their arrival so we sent in a team of hardworking volunteers to build them some new hides in their enclosure. They can now be seen running around a lot more often!  3
  4. 4. SHILOWENI’S ANNUAL CHECK-UP Most of the time we leave our handsome leopard to his own devices, but once a year, for his own good, the vet Peter Rogers puts him to sleep and checks on his state of health. We were extremely pleased to hear that his condition is superb and much better than Peter himself expected. The check-up also gave the volunteers, staff and children a chance to see Shiloweni up close - a once in a life time experience for all. We would like to say a big thank you to Shiloweni’s sponsors who help us to provide him with all that he needs  4
  5. 5. My name is Darling. I am the new puppy around here! I was a bit scared after leaving my home at the Holy Family orphanage, but the other dogs are starting to play with me now and Daktari is a lovely new home. I like to play with Gucci the most  I’m Freddy the squirrel. When I realised there was a French journalist from TF1 at Daktari I decided to slip from my nest…the plan worked and anytime now I will be famous! My new mum Charlotte bottle fed me so well that even now that I am free, I never go far from the lapa  I am Maxi’s baby! My big sister Mini also has a new baby and we all look out for each other. Daktari is still a bit scary for me, but my mum says the people there are very nice, they even give her a baby’s bottle everyday! Maybe when I’m big and brave I will go there too… 5
  6. 6. During the month of September we gave 31 children an educational week at DAKTARI. We couldn’t do it without YOU! Thank you  6
  7. 7. During the month of October we gave 39 children an educational week at DAKTARI. We couldn’t do it without YOU! Thank you  7
  8. 8. HERITAGE DAY! On the 24th September, the children from Maahlamele EcoClub performed a wonderful production in their village. The traditional singing and dancing was a celebration of their South African heritage with a link to conservation and saving the environment. We were so proud of them all and encourage you to watch the performances on our YouTube channel  l
  9. 9. FONDATION BRIGITTE BARDOT! A very special thank you to the Fondation Brigitte Bardot for sponsoring our 3 spectacular new aviaries. They have now become the wonderful homes to Banchee our Thick-tailed Bushbaby, Jumper our Verreaux’s Eagle and Sniper our Long Crested Eagle. They have made a huge difference to the lives of all three of them, where they can enjoy a lot more space and privacy. For more information about Fondation Brigitte Bardot visit their website: 9
  10. 10. Apexhi - For their kind sponsorship of 40 children who attended Daktari over a period of 5 weeks. (30/09/13 – 1/11/2013) Martien Veenstra and Barbra Oliemans – For their fantastic fundraising efforts, equalling to the sponsorship of 16 children over a period of 2 weeks – and for their company and hard work during their 2 weeks of volunteering with us at Daktari  10
  11. 11. UK (tax Deductible in UK) USA (tax Deductible in USA) If you are In South Africa donating from the Bank: First National Bank, Hoedspruit, SA UK or USA use the Swift number: FIRN ZA JJ global giving links Branch Number: 270652 Account Number: Cheque Account (Non-Profit) to the left, or 62044965129 from South Africa Name: Daktari Wildlife Orphanage, South Africa and Europe use the In The Netherlands bank transfer details to the right Name: YEP for Africa BIC/SWIFT: INGBNL2A or Pay Pal button IBAN: NL04INGB0005254438 Place: Rosmalen below… Thank you  In Germany Bank: Sparkasse Münsterland-Ost Bankleitzahl: 40050150 Konto-Nummer: 1350 88 888. Name: Spendensammelverein Münster e.V. Reference: DAKTARI-Südafrika – Busch-Schule & Wildwaisen - Station
  12. 12. Christmas Shopping! SPONSOR A CHILD FOR CHRISTMAS Sponsor an underprivileged child on behalf of your loved one. Receive a personalised voucher to give as a gift and a full follow up report. Click here to buy now on GlobalGiving! DONATE TO AN ANIMAL FOR CHRISTMAS Sponsor a DAKTARI animal of your choice on behalf of your loved one. Receive a personalised voucher to give as a gift and a full follow up report. Click here to buy now on GlobalGiving!
  13. 13. CHARLOTTE WORTMANN  1. I am from Germany! 2. I am 17 years old 3. I came to Daktari because I wanted to volunteer with both children and animals 1. I am staying at Daktari for 10 weeks 2. Whilst at DAKTARI I raised a baby squirrel called Freddy