food parcels deliveredCampaign Stories

500 food parcels delivered!

DAKTARI keeps supporting the communities during these difficult times by distributing food parcels. So far, we have distributed 500 parcels, or 42,000 meals to 9 different villages. Let us take you through the whole process so you can have an idea of how we do it! How did we choose the families? We work with…

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Campaign Stories

Fighting hunger in local communities: food distribution

We are all going through unprecedented and challenging times, and as it is a small NGO, DAKTARI is heavily impacted by this crisis. Schools and borders have been closed since March, thus we cannot run our onsite environmental education program. This has resulted in a significant lack of income, when we still have 80+ animals…

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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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dorms: girls 1News

Check out our new dorms!

Before coming to volunteer for a year, our marketing manager Silke set up a fundraiser for our organization. She raised almost R27.000 and decided to use that money to renovate the dorms for the children attending our environmental education program. The dorms were in need of a new lick of paint and some renovations and…

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Catherine HauwNews

How DAKTARI influenced Catherine Hauw’s life

Catherine was only 18 years old and had just finished high school when she came to volunteer at DAKTARI for 3 weeks in summer. She had always dreamt about South Africa and DAKTARI was the perfect mix between teaching kids and taking care of wild animals. This was 10 years ago and yet Catherine still…

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The pool teamNews

Doing some maintenance around the camp

July was a busy month here at DAKTARI. With a big group of volunteers we couldn’t possibly let everyone teach the whole day. But luckily there was still a lot to be done around the camp! We split our volunteers into two groups. These two groups switched daily between teaching and maintenance. That way everyone…

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Inside Oaks ProjectNews

The Inside Oaks Project

Saturday March 9th was a big day for Eva Diesel and her brother Steven. The duo came all the way from Corsica a few months ago for their Inside Oaks Project.  The Inside Oaks Project is a part of street artist JR’s big Inside Out Project. For this instalment of the global art project 72 portraits…

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dodgeballNews

Playing dodgeball for the rhinos

On Saturday March 2nd, some of our volunteers went down to The Thirsty Giraffe to participate in a charity dodgeball tournament.  The tournament was set up by Scales and all proceeds went to Flying 4 Rhino and the Pangolin Rescue Fund. Six of our volunteers teamed up to conquer the other eleven teams. But their efforts were to no avail…

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Kudu Awards 2018News

Kudu Awards 2018

A few months ago DAKTARI Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage applied for the Kudu award, which is an initiative to celebrate the successes and contributions of individuals and groups in conservation management in South Africa. The awards are presented by the South African National Parks as a way of rewarding excellence in conservation by external stakeholders. It…

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anti poachingNews

Joining forces for a brighter future

On October, DAKTARI and the Anti-Poaching Unit of the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) went to three local high schools (Maahlamele, Rakgolokwana and Leoma) to discuss the terrible crime of poaching and to do an anti-poaching demonstration. Approximately 900 students were present to meet Simon, Corlet and their Belgian Shepherd. Simon first explained what poaching…

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