become a sponsor to one of our orphaned animals! 

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


Minimum monthly contribution is R100 (€6) per month. Remember, if you agree to sponsor an animal for a year your name will be on the enclosure of the animal you sponsor! In addition, you will receive a quarterly update of your animals progress in the form of an e-postcard. For full details of what your sponsorship includes visit our donate page.  


Listed below are the animals that currently need a sponsor: 





The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre gave Martin to DAKTARI in 2015. Martin was getting old and had lost his  canines. He is now enjoying a peaceful retirement at DAKTARI. 

Wild Dog



After 11 years at Tshukudu Game Lodge, Dongo, an old wild dog  has come to DAKTARI for his retirement. A car hit him when he  was young and maimed his back legs. 




JP and Minnie came to DAKTARI when they were very young in February 2016. They gave birth to three babies of which only one survived and was released into the wild in June 2017. We hope to release JP & Minnie into the wild in the near future. 



Shangaan and Zulu were brought to DAKTARI in 2011. They had been hand-reared after being found without a mother. Zulu was released in 2012 and Shangaan stayed at DAKTARI to serve as an ambassador for his species. 

 large-spotted Genet



Chouchou was initially brought to DAKTARI 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. 

Thick-tailed bush baby



Banchee arrived at DAKTARI in August 2013. He will never be able to be released into the wild so he now acts as an educational ambassador for his species. Little is known about his history other than that he was hand raised by farmers.

 BANDED Mongooses


Jackson has been at DAKTARI since 2014. In September 2017 we released a group of Mongooses into the wild but sadly he continued to fight with the group so could not be released with them. Tuti arrived in July 2017.  



Gasper has been at DAKTARI since 2010. Madonna arrived in 2014 and a few months after she settled in, she gave birth to three babies named the three musketeers! Tiki was given to DAKTARI in 2011 by a neighbour who kept him as a pet until he started to bite. 

Common Marmoset



Thor is the only surviving offspring of a group of marmosets that were brought to DAKTARI some years ago. Although alone, he is very active and playful and you can often hear his high-pitched whistle resonating through the camp. 

  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. 

nile crocodile



In 2011, a local man brought two baby crocodiles to DAKTARI. One of them, Molopo was successfully released into the wild and Tugela will remain at DAKTARI acting as an ambassador for her species until she is ready to be released into the wild.




Princess is now the boss of the younger dassies as Lulu was successfully released and Big Boy passed away. The four baby dassies were given to DAKTARI by Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre and we plan to release them into the wild in the future




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! 




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. 

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.  

Spotted eagle-owls



Alex and Marco both came from Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre. Alex has been with us since 2007 and Marco came to keep him company in 2015. Their calls are often heard during the night as they communicate with one another.




Valerie was 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. Coco is 14 years old and will be peacefully living out his days at DAKTARI.

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. 

Verraux's eagle



Jumper is 12 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.

wahlberg EAGLE



Donnie arrived at DAKTARI in early 2017. She was found badly injured and unfortunately that means she is no longer able to fly. DAKTARI is doing its best to give Donnie a quiet and peaceful life as she lives out her days here. 

 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. 

steppe buzzard



Steppy arrived here at the beginning of 2017. Someone found him on the road and we believe that a car may have hit him. Steppy is now recovering from his accident and we plan to rehabilitate him once he is well.


We are also using our fundraising platform, GlobalGiving, which tremendously reduces the cost of donations from overseas. The GlobalGiving team has helped DAKTARI remarkably for the past ten years and is very safe for any credit card donations. Below is a list of the animals you can help through the GlobalGiving platform: 

Support Martin our Cheetah 

Provide Food & Care for ALL our animals for 1 year 


You can also make a direct contribution to our Wildlife Orphanage! This money will go towards making the animals lives here as happy and comfortable as possible!  

Interested in becoming a sustaining member of the DAKTARI Wildlife Family? You can either email us directly on to set up a direct debit, or simply make a recurring monthly donation on our GlobalGiving Fundraiser! It's that easy to make a huge difference to our animals!