become a sponsor to one of our orphaned animals! 

If you are interested in becoming a parent to one of our beloved animals please email Michele at


Minimum monthly contribution is R100 (€6) per month. Remember, if you agree to sponsor an animal for a year your name will be on the enclosure of the animal you sponsor! In addition, you will receive a quarterly update of your animal's progress in the form of an e-postcard. For full details of what your sponsorship includes visit our donate page.  


Listed below are the animals that currently need a sponsor: 





Martin came from The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre in 2015. He was getting old and had broken his canine teeth so it would not be possible to release him into the wild. He is now enjoying his peaceful retirement at DAKTARI. 

Wild Dog



Having lived at Tshukudu Game Lodge for 11 years, this old wild dog came to us in 2016. Dongo was sadly hit by a car when he  was younger, leaving his back legs maimed. 




The four members of the Strauss family were rescued by DAKTARI from an ostrich farm. They were going to be euthanized due to their small size. One of the pairs was released onto a private reserve leaving more room for Mr & Mrs Strauss at DAKTARI. 



Shangaan was brought to DAKTARI in 2011. He had been hand-reared by a member of the public after being found without a mother.  

 large-spotted Genet



Chouchou was initially brought to us by someone in the nearby area after she had fallen out of her nest. Once she arrived at DAKTARI, our dog Candy acted as her surrogate mother and produced milk to feed her. 

Thick-tailed bush baby



Banchee arrived at DAKTARI from Moholoholo in August 2013. Little is known about his history other than that he was hand raised by farmers.

 BANDED Mongooses


We currently have eight mongoose living at DAKTARI in three different groups. Crash and Eddie arrived at the centre in April 2018 as youngsters. They now live with another young male, Banjo.  



Gasper arrived at DAKTARI in 2010 and Tiki arrived the following year. After the rest of our meerkats were rehabilitated in 2018, Gasper and Tiki were reunited and now enjoy sunbathing together! 

Common Marmoset



Thor is the only surviving offspring of a group of marmosets that were brought to DAKTARI some years ago. Although alone, he is very active and playful and you can often hear his high-pitched whistle resonating through the camp. 

  Rock monitor



Lazarus was found after being injured by a wild animal. He has a maimed leg and is therefore unable to be released into the wild. He has a peaceful life at DAKTARI and acts as an important ambassador for his species. 

nile crocodile



In 2011, a local man brought two baby crocodiles to DAKTARI. One of them, Molopo was successfully released into the wild and Tugela will remain at DAKTARI until the drought is over.




Princess is now the boss of the younger dassies. She gave birth to her baby Prince in 2018. The other four adult came from Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre and youngster Gini completes the group, having been handraised in 2018. We plan to release the whole group into the wild in the future.




Eeyore has been with DAKTARI since 2008. He is very old and was found wandering the streets of Phalaborwa by the SPCA. Eeyore is partially blind with only 10% vision in one eye but that doesn't stop him trying to steal food off the dinner table! 



DAKTARI started buying rabbits and guinea pigs two years ago as part of the sensibilisation program for the children. It is great to have them as the children can safely interact with them and learn how to care for them.  




Scotty was found in Phalaborwa by the owners of a private game reserve after it was thought she flew into a power line. DAKTARI took in Scotty but after a few days it became apparent that her wound was most likely due to a gun shot. 

Spotted eagle-owls



Alex and Marco both came from Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre. Alex has been with us since 2007 and Marco came to keep him company in 2015. Sam joined them in 2016. Their calls are often heard during the night as they communicate with one another.




Coco came to us in 2009 and will be peacefully living out his days at DAKTARI. Valerie joined Coco in 2017 having been found after she was hit by a car in Phalaborwa. Her left wing had to be amputated and as a result she is now unable to be released. 

african wood owls



Toto & Buddy both arrived at DAKTARI at the beginning of 2017. Toto was found on the road and was the first to arrive at DAKTARI. Buddy was found on the floor after he fell out of his nest and was hand raised at a nearby rehabilitation centre. 

Verraux's eagle



Jumper is 14 years old and has had his right wing amputated. He was given the name Jumper because rather than walking like a normal bird he jumps around. Due to his amputation he will sadly never be able to fly again.



Donnie arrived from Moholoholo rehabilitation centre early 2017. Donnie was found badly injured and is now maimed and cannot fly. Daktari is doing its best to give Donnie a quiet life.


We are also using our fundraising platform, GlobalGiving, which tremendously reduces the cost of donations from overseas. The GlobalGiving team has helped DAKTARI remarkably for the past ten years and is very safe for any credit card donations. Below is a list of the animals you can help through the GlobalGiving platform: 

Support Martin our Cheetah 

Provide Food & Care for the Wildlife Orphanage


You can also make a direct contribution to our Wildlife Orphanage! This money will go towards making the animals lives here as happy and comfortable as possible!  

Interested in becoming a sustaining member of the DAKTARI Wildlife Family? You can either email us directly on to set up a direct debit, or simply make a recurring monthly donation on our GlobalGiving Fundraiser! It's that easy to make a huge difference for our animals!