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 ($10) 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 animals 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: 





The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Center gave Martin to DAKTARI in 2015. Martin was getting too old and he had lost his  canines. Martin is now enjoying a peaceful retirement at DAKTARI. 

Wild Dog



After 11 years at Tshukudu Game Lodge, Dongo, an old wild dog  has come to DAKTARI for his retirement. A car hit him when he  was young and maimed his back legs. 




JP and Minnie came to DAKTARI when they were very young in February 2016. JP & Minnie gave birth to three babies of which only one survived and was released into the wild in June 2017. 



Shangaan and Zulu were brought to DAKTARI in 2011. They had been hand-reared after being found without a mother. Zulu was released in 2012 and Shangaan stayed at DAKTARI to serve as an ambassador for his species. 

 large-spotted Genet



Chouchou was initially brought to DAKTARI by a local, after being found abandoned from falling 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 in August 2013. He was previously at Moholoholo Rehabilitation Center but as he will never be able to be release into the wild, he now acts as an educational ambassador for his species. 

 Bush pig



Molly was brought here from Moholoholo Rehabilitation Center after they found her wandering alone, abandoned without a mother, near Hoedspruit town. She arrived here in May 2017. 




Big Boy and Princess came from a private owner who hand raised them. The four baby dassies came from Moholoholo Rehabilitation Center and we hope to release them into the wild in the future. 

 BANDED Mongooses


Jackson has been at DAKTARI since 2014. In September 2017 we released a group of Mongooses into the wild but sadly he didn't integrate into the group. Tuti arrived in July 2017.  



Gasper has been at DAKTARI since 2010! Madonna arrived in 2014 and a few months after she settled in she gave birth to three babies who are called the three musketeers! 

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 an animal and was brought to DAKTARI to act as an ambassador for his species. Due to his maimed leg he would not be able to survive in the wild. 

nile crocodile



In 2011, a local man who had too many wild crocodiles on his property brought two baby crocodiles to DAKTARI. One of them, Molopo was successfully released into the wild.   




The antelopes around DAKTARI are all relatively used to people and some of them have been hand raised by our volunteers! Chancy and Nyalou came to DAKTARI in 2015, where as Maxi came a few years ago and has brough all of her offspring into camp.     




Eeyore has been with DAKTARI since 2008! He was found wandering the streets of Phalaborwa by the SPCA. Eeyore is partially blind with only 10% vision in one eye. 




The four members of Strauss family were rescued from an ostrich farm as 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. 

rabbits & guinea pigs



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 and care for  them.  

Spotted eagle-owls



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




Coco was brought from Moholoholo Rehabilitation Center. He is 14 years old and will be living out his days with us. Valerie was found after she was hit by a car in Phalaborwa. Her left wing had to be amputated and as a resuly she is now unable to be released. 

african wood owls



Toto & Buddy both arrived at DAKTARI in the beginning of 2017. Toto was found on the road and was the first to arrive at DAKTARI. Buddy was found out of his nest and was raised at Moholoholo. They already knew eachother at Moholoholo so were happy to be reunited!

Verraux's eagle



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

wahlberg EAGLE



Donnie arrived from Moholoholo rehabilitation center in early 2017. She was found badly injured and unfortunately that means she is no longer able to fly. DAKTARI is doing its best to give Donnie a quiet and peaceful life. 

 african hawk eagle



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

steppe buzzard



Steppy arrived here at the begining of 2017. Someone found him on the road and we believe that a car may have hit him. Steppy is now recovering from his accident and we will do our best to rehabilitate him. 


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 sage for any credit card donations. Below is a list of the animals you can help through the GlobalGiving platform: 

Protect our Dassies
Support our Meerkats 
Care for Dongo our Wild Dog 
Support Jumper our Black Eagle 
Banchee our Bushbaby needs love 
Support Molly our Bushpig


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 simple to make a huge difference to our animals!