Michele dassies daktariAnimal Stories

A little Dassie story! By Michele Merrifield

This is the lovely story of Michele and her dassies: The time we are going through due to the pandemic is very sad and lacks all forms of enthusiasm. Therefore, I decided to share my Dassie story with you hoping it will put a smile on your face at least for the day! Everybody knows…

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white stork daktari wildlife orphanageAnimal Stories

ANIMAL UPDATES!

We are glad to share the following animal updates with you! DASSIES The four youngsters of the dassie family had grown significantly so we decided it was time to let them go! We released the family of 6 altogether at the end of June. We keep feeding them from time to time to help them…

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Animal Stories

We said goodbye to our cheetah Martin

It is with a broken heart that we have to let you all know that our beloved cheetah Martin passed away peacefully on February 17th. Martin had not been feeling great in the past few days. He is old, around 20 years old, so we were monitoring very closely any sign of potential sickness. On…

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group picture with PacouAnimal Stories

From raising Pacou to releasing Pacou!

But Pacou is a waterbuck that was brought to us back in April. We raised bottle fed him and did everything we could to save him. Raising antelope is a big task that requires a lot of time and effort and that doesn’t always have a happy ending. If you’d like to see how exactly…

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Lily the duikerAnimal Stories

Farewell, Lily

The end of May was quite rough here at DAKTARI. Those of you who came to volunteer with us in the last couple of years will definitely know Lily. She’s a duiker that was raised here and then released on our reserve. Every few days she still came into the camp to get some birdseed.…

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Pat & FriedaAnimal Stories

A happy ending for this little bush baby

Here at DAKTARI, we are always saving baby animals… some we find and some are brought to us. A few of the most common animals include; squirrels, bats, mongooses, bushbucks, klipspringers and bush babies. Bush babies are my personal favorite. Who wouldn’t love that little face with the big eyes? On March 13th, one of…

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Morongwe & BarneyAnimal Stories

Animals are the best teachers

January has been a busy month again for our wildlife orphanage! We welcomed 5 new babies, four squirrels and one klipspringer. The DAKTARI team was first raising the 4 squirrels: Tracy, Morris, Wildy and Lana. These little babies fell from their nest earlier than they should. Some volunteers took care of them and they are…

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Minnie & JPAnimal Stories

Goodbye, Minnie & JP

We said goodbye to our two jackals Minnie and JP on Wednesday The nice people from Umoya Khulula Wildlife Centre contacted us to tell us they have a big enclosure available for them and of course we couldn’t say no. They came to pick them up Wednesday afternoon and transported our beautiful jackals safely to their…

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TikkiAnimal Stories

Renovation of the meerkat enclosure

Over the last month, our animal team and volunteers worked hard to renovate a part of our meerkat enclosure. We dug out the old sand, put in some pipes for them to play in, brought fresh sand from the nearby river bed and decorated the enclosure with logs, plants and wooden platforms. Gasper and Tikki…

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