Why is the Wildlife Orphanage important for the education of children?
Most of the children that come to DAKTARI have never seen any of the Big 5 or any of the local wildlife. Indeed, due to poaching, the wildlife has been relocated to private and national reserves for their protection. Entrance into these reserves is too expensive for most of the local communities.
This is where DAKTARI comes in. First of all, we teach the children that they should not fear or hate their local wildlife. Then, we teach them that animals should be protected and respected. We also make them aware that the local wildlife creates jobs through tourism and animal care.
What do we want to achieve through our Wildlife Orphanage?
Our vision is to have a local community that is passionate about and protects the animals around them. And this is only possible with the wildlife orphanage. Indeed, without seeing the animals, touching them, and caring for them, the children would not find their passion for animals and the environment. This is why the animals at our orphanage act as animal ambassadors to protect the many other members of their species.