caracal, bush baby, ostrich and porcupine


If you are interested in becoming a parent to one of our beloved animals please click here and pay online on Global Giving, a secure platform.

The minimum monthly contribution is R100 (€6).


  • A good quality and balanced diet – This covers the cost of food for the animal that you sponsor. This includes any special supplements the animal may need as well as some extra treats!
  • Daily maintenance of the enclosures – This includes all of the materials to carry out the cleaning as well as the disinfectant used to keep everything in pristine condition.
  • Improvements and updates of enclosures – In addition to the maintenance of the enclosures, your donation will go towards any necessary upkeep that may be required. Moreover, if you would like, you could also sponsor the building of a new enclosure.
  • Enrichment activities – To stimulate the animals through punctual activities or building a new toy or tool to put in the animal’s enclosure.


  • A quarterly update of your animal’s progress in the form of an e-card
  • If you make a commitment to sponsor an animal for a year, your name will be on the enclosure of the animal you sponsor
  • You can pop in and visit anytime should you find yourself in the area
  • You will be personally participating in the conservation of South Africa’s wildlife


Mr & Mrs Strauss - Ostriches

The four members of the Strauss family were rescued by DAKTARI from an ostrich farm. 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 at DAKTARI.

Chouchou - Cape Genet

Chouchou was initially brought to us by someone in the nearby area after she had fallen out of her nest. Once she arrived at DAKTARI, our dog Candy acted as her surrogate mother and produced milk to feed her.

Banded Mongooses

We currently have three mongoose living at DAKTARI, all males, named Goose, Moose and Peppi. The first two have been found as babies without their mother hand-reared here, and the other one was kept as a pet and then brought to us.

Magnus and Tobie - Cheetah

Magnus and Tobie were used in a breeding program to conserve their species. They are now too old to breed and are at DAKTARI since October 2020 to live a peaceful retirement. As they have been living in captivity their whole life, they cannot be released back in the wild.

Eeyore - Donkey

Eeyore has been with DAKTARI since 2008. He is very old and was found wandering the streets of Phalaborwa by the SPCA. Eeyore is partially blind with only 10% vision in one eye but that doesn’t stop him trying to steal food off the dinner table!

Scotty - African Hawk Eagle

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

Coco & Valerie - Giant Eagle-Owls

Coco came to us in 2009 and will be peacefully living out his days at DAKTARI. Valerie joined Coco in 2017 having been found after she was hit by a car in Phalaborwa. Her left wing had to be amputated and as a result she is now unable to be released.

Jumper - Verraux's Eagle

Jumper is 14 years old and has had his right wing amputated. He was given the name Jumper because rather than walking like a normal bird he jumps around. Due to his amputation he will sadly never be able to fly again.

Toto & Buddy - African Wood Owls

Toto & Buddy both arrived at DAKTARI at the beginning of 2017. Toto was found on the road and was the first to arrive at DAKTARI. Buddy was found on the floor after he fell out of his nest and was hand raised at a nearby rehabilitation centre.

Noko - Porcupine

This porcupine was caught in a trap of a farm, where porcupines tend to eat all vegetables the farmers are growing. Unfortunately this baby porcupine was caught without his mother and couldn’t be released alone.

Shangaan - Caracal

Shangaan was brought to DAKTARI in 2011. He had been hand-reared by a member of the public after being found without a mother.

Banchee - Thick-Tailed Bush Baby

Banchee arrived at DAKTARI from Moholoholo in August 2013. Little is known about his history other than that he was hand raised by farmers.

Tiki & Gasper - Meerkats

Gasper arrived at DAKTARI in 2010 and Tiki arrived the following year. After the rest of our meerkats were rehabilitated in 2018, Gasper and Tiki were reunited and now enjoy sunbathing together!

Lazarus - Rock Monitor

Lazarus was found after being injured by a wild animal. He has a maimed leg and is therefore unable to be released into the wild. He has a peaceful life at DAKTARI and acts as an important ambassador for his species.


We have 3 dassies roaming free at camp, Little Boy, Caline and Baba. We have tried to set them free but they just loved being around us so much that they chose to stay here rather than be in the bush!

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 with them and learn how to care for them.

Sam & Marco - Spotted Eagle-Owls

Marco came from Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre in 2015. Sam joined him in 2016. Their calls are often heard during the night as they communicate with one another.

Donnie - Wahlberg Eagle

Donnie arrived from Moholoholo rehabilitation centre early 2017. Donnie was found badly injured and is now maimed and cannot fly. Daktari is doing its best to give Donnie a quiet life.

If you are interested in becoming a parent to one of our beloved animals please email Michele at

The minimum monthly contribution is R100 (€6).