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DAKTARI Newsletter Q1 2015

Here is our newsletter for the first quarter of 2015! Hope you have had a great start to the year! We have been really busy with new volunteers coming to South Africa but here it finally is! Enjoy and thank you immensely for your support!

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DAKTARI Newsletter Q1 2015

  1. 1. 1 www.daktaribushschool.org There is a lot of news from the DAKTARI camp and here is the newsletter to share it with all of you! But firstly, thank you all for your continued support to our cause, without you and your consistent help, we would not be able to carry out our mission as well as we do! January February March 2015
  2. 2. 2 Children News Earlier this year we were visited by South African filmmaker Gareth Kaatze who made a beautiful short video about one of the children who attended DAKTARI. Check out the article here! It was an amazing experience for both the children and us, and I think we can all agree the outcome is great!
  3. 3. 3 Winner’s Game Drive Every week at DAKTARI we receive eight children from the nearby schools. Throughout their time at the camp they learn about the animals of their country and the natural environment surrounding them. At the end of the week, the volunteers who have spent the week with them decide on the ‘Winner of the Week’, an award given to the most improved student. The prize is a game drive! On February 22nd the children had an exciting day at Makalali and experienced some awesome sightings!
  4. 4. Animal news! 4 Read the whole article HERE As you know, in January we lost our precious Leopard Shiloweni. It was a tragic event that really shook the camp, yet the spirit of his wonderful character and beauty lives on. He is sorely missed!
  5. 5. But Life Moves On! 5 Nikita is the latest member of Ian and Michele’s family. She arrived at our camp in January and has grown into a beautiful Rottweiler puppy. Lady Pilou was found on her own and brought to DAKTARI where she has been nurtured into a healthy young banded mongoose! They are both growing so fast! Read more about her here! Help Pilou here!!
  6. 6. Even more new animals! 6 Compton the squirrel was found at DAKTARI as a little baby, yet he has quickly made his place in the camp and in our hearts. Even if he tries to eat every paper in the office! Jackson is our newest adult mongoose! He has settled in very nicely. Because of his calm temper we believe that he was most likely hand-raised. his is an advantage for interaction with the children but the priority is still to rehabilitate him when we will have enough mongooses to form a family!
  7. 7. Animal news! 7 We have new animals at DAKTARI! A family of guinea pigs found a home at the camp! They are great to create compassion from the children and from the looks of it, we may be having little babies soon!
  8. 8. 8 News from camp… Out with the old, in with the new… Marketing Manager! With Anne-Sophie leaving at the end of March, Manu arrived in earlier this month to take over the duties of Marketing Manager. Originally from Spain, Manu moved to DAKTARI from Switzerland. We are very happy to have him here and would like to thank Anne-So for all her wonderful work! We miss you Anne-So! New Marketing Volunteer Thank you Anne Sophie!
  9. 9. More News from Camp! 9 With the growing family comes a growing need for space. Our friends Barry & Kerstin received money from their friend, Gina Whitaker, who died earlier this year. As she loved animal they decided to help financially toward the building of the meerkat camp in her honor. Their donation was added to the Brigitte Bardot Foundation continued support for this camp.
  10. 10. 10 Camp News In early march we received the visit from Sabrina, aka the blogger behind JustOneWayTicket! She spent a week interacting with the children and experiencing life at DAKTARI alongside our big family of both people and of course animals. She took some awesome pictures and videos which are up on her blog! We are happy to say that we have made a new friend at DAKTARI and we hope to see her again soon  Check out her blog here!
  11. 11. 11 Community Outreach! DAKTARI runs the Eco-club at two local schools on Monday and Wednesday afternoon, as an effort to raise awareness about the environment and the local wildlife through a fun and interactive lesson! Over the past three months we have had great attendance and as a prize for the best students, Nathalie and Sarah took them to the Khamai Reptile Park! It was an awesome experience and definitely one that will inspire all the kids!
  12. 12. #WorldWaterDay2015 12 At the end of March we celebrated World Water Day at DAKTARI! Anne Sophie made an amazing video with the help of the whole team as well as the children and the staff! One of the children, Temosho, helped by reading his moving letter. Amazing stuff! Temosho, 13
  13. 13. 13 We have a NEW project! We are launching a new campaign on GlobalGiving to fund the food and care of ALL the animals at the camp! With a growing number of members of our big family, expenses are also growing. In an effort to continue providing a healthy and comfortable environment for the animals as well as healthcare when needed, we are launching this campaign for you to help us achieve this goal! Thank you for your support! Any big or small recurring donation helps tremendously! Check out the project HERE for more information and to donate to the cause!!
  14. 14. A Special Thanks To… 14 Peter is a public speaker with a special interest in wildlife and its conservation. Although he lives in the UK and works there, he learnt of the DAKTARI project from close friends, and after a visit to South Africa where he was able to experience Kruger Park and DAKTARI itself, he was kind enough to include our project as a part of his talks on African Wildlife. Like DAKTARI, Peter is convinced that education is perhaps the most important aspect of a sustainable approach to African conservation efforts. From all of us at DAKTARI we want to extend our gratitude to Peter for helping us spread the word about our project, but more importantly, about the importance of preserving the wildlife of Africa.
  15. 15. 15 And thank you to:  Our American friends who brought us a ton of goodies for the children who visit us at DAKTARI! They were guests at MAKALALI but were kind enough to pay us a visit and donate all these kind gifts! THANK YOU!  All of you who helped us raise over $1300 on Global Giving’s BONUS Day on March 18th!  Thank you for the boost in motivation that your support gives us day in and day out! Thank YOU!
  16. 16. Thank you for your support! NEW 16 HOW TO DONATE --- SPECIALS USA & UK --- Are you from the USA? Click HERE and get a tax deduction in USA. Are you from UK? Click HERE and get a tax deduction in UK. Through our fundraising platforms! Donate or Become a DAKTARI fundraiser, creating and managing your own fundraising page towards DAKTARI! See more. (Tax deduction in UK) Others Visit our website and donate on our PayPal account ** Contact info@daktaribushschool.org for our bank details or to monthly sponsor an animal or a child.
  17. 17. Visit our website: www.daktaribushschool.org Follow all our adventures on Facebook Twitter Don’t miss our videos and subscribe to our Youtube Channel NEED MORE INFOS? Contact info@daktaribushschool.org Thank you for your on- going support and we wish you all the best! See you next time!! Help one of our projects on Global Giving Instagram! Become a fundraiser for DAKTARI on Just Giving