MEET THE TEAM

Meet the team of the people that give their everything every single day to make DAKTARI the best it can be.
Our team consists of both paid local staff and international volunteers that devote 9 or more months of their life to our cause.

Meet the team Ian & Michèle Merrifield

Co-Founders

Ian and Michèle met at Tshukudu Lodge many years ago and fell in love. After getting married, they created DAKTARI in 2006. Michèle's favourite animal is a dassie and Ian's an elephant.

Assistant Director

Katlego is 23 years old and comes from Lydenburg, South Africa. He has been at DAKTARI since December 2020 and his favourite animal is a dog.

Sales & Bookings Manager

Pretty is 29 years old and comes from Turkey Zone 1, South Africa. She has been at DAKTARI since November 2016 and her favourite animal is a porcupine.

Outreach Manager

Samuel is 22 years old and comes from Salisbury in England. He has been at DAKTARI since September 2021 and his favourite animal is an elephant.

Volunteer Coordinator Assistant

Shoki is 27 years old and is from Metz village. She started working at DAKTARI in February 2020 and her favorite animal is a lion.

Volunteer Manager

Patience is 26 years old. She comes from Turkey zone 1 and has been working at DAKTARI since January. Her favourite animal is a meerkat.

Volunteer Coordinator

Lebo is 30 years old and comes from Turkey zone 1. She started working at DAKTARI in May 2019. Her favourite animal is a lion.

Marketing & Communications Manager

Jeanne is 22 years old and comes from Nantes in France. She has been at DAKTARI since September 2021 and his favourite animal is a bush baby.
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Fundraising Manager

We are currently looking for our next Fundraising Manager!
If you are interested, please email your CV to Michele: info@daktaribushschool.org
Start date: as soon as lockdown is lifted and borders open again.
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Office Assistant

We are currently looking for an Office Assistant. If you are interested, please email your CV to Michèle: info@daktaribushschool.org
Start date: Applications are open to start now

Animal Care Manager

Kyle is 19 years old and comes from Springs in South Africa. He joined DAKTARI since June 2021 and his favourite animal is a cheetah.
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Animal Care Assistant

We are currently looking for an Animal Care Assistant. If you are interested, please email your CV to Michèle: info@daktaribushschool.org
Start date: Applications are open to start now
Senior Seotlo

Head Cook

Senior is 48 years old and comes from Turkey zone 1. She has worked with Michèle and Ian since they had their restaurant and her favourite animal is an elephant.
Lucky Mabela

Maintenance

Lucky is 38 years old and lives in Enable. His favourite animal is a elephant.

Maintenance

Maake is 22 years old and lives in Turkey 1. He has worked at DAKTARI since May 2021 under Yes4Youth programme, and his favourite animal is a Caracal.

Maintenance

Freedom is 24 years old and lives in Turkey 1. He has worked at DAKTARI since December 2021 under Yes4Youth programme, and his favourite animal is a cheetah.

Maintenance

Fox is 24 years old from Lydenburg, South Africa. He has worked at DAKTARI since December 2020 under Yes4Youth programme, and his favourite animal is a lion.
Nnacy

House Keeping & kitchen Assistant

Nancy is 29 years old and lives in the Turkey 3. She started working at DAKTARI in May 2021 Under Yes4Youth programme for 12 months. and her favourite animal is a squirrel.
Nakedi

Housekeeping

Nakedi is 26 years old and lives in Turkey Zone 1. He started working at DAKTARI in May 2021, under the Yes4youth programme for 12 months. and his favourite animal is a cheetah.