General: The banded mongoose is a sturdy mongoose with a large head, small ears, short, muscular limbs and a long tail, almost as long as the rest of the body. The Banded Mongoose is not an endangered species, the development of agriculture in the continent has had a positive influence on their numbers as crops of the farmland serve as an extra food source.
Interesting fact: Mongoose are highly social, living in packs of about a dozen, typically up to about 30. Packs sleep together and forage in loose groups, each mongoose obtaining its own food. Groups live in home ranges which may be territories, as meetings between groups are aggressive. Each home range contains several dens which are used in rotation for a few days at a time.
Pilou, the little tiny girl
Personal history: Pilou has been found by a neighbour in her garden. After it was obvious she was abandoned by her family, she took this little tiny mongoose and call DAKTARI to take care of her. Pilou arrived in February 2015, at 3 weeks old. She looks very friendly and curious to discover the world. In a few months when she will be ready and strong enough, she will join Jackson and Leon, our two others Banded Mongooses.
Would you like to sponsor Pilou?
Jackson and Leon
Personal history: A lady from Tzaneen found Jackson (picture on the left) in January 2015 alone in her garden. Quite friendly and tame, we think that this male Banded Mongoose was hand raised by humans and maybe escaped. He was very happy to find Leon and those two seem very good together.
Leon (picture on the right) arrived at DAKTARI a few years ago with a brain disease. Indeed, he just turns around in circles all the time. It was too risky to release him with the others 11 Banded Mongoose into the wild and Leon stayed at DAKTARI. Little by little, new lonely mongooses arrive in the camp and Leon appreciates the company! Soon, we will organise another rehabilitation project, with the long term goal being a release of them into the wild.
Would you like to sponsor Jackson and Leon?
A film by Gareth Kaatze
This is the story of Marupi, a young child passionate about the beauty and the animals of South Africa. He lives close to the famous Kruger Park, but does not have the chance to experience it. From a far-away village in Limpopo, Marupi does not have access to the water, lives surrounded by rubbish and tries to find some space in the overcrowded classroom.
One day, he found the perfect place for his dream to come true. It is a bush school and a wildlife orphanage, which inspired and educated him about the environment and conservation. He learnt to take care of the animals, to protect the planet and respect others.
Marupi came back to his village, proud and grown up, with the desire to share with others what he learnt to make South Africa a better place…
Behind the Scene
10 days of filming to meet, understand, discover the life of the local underprivileged children. In their classroom, village, surroundings, we followed Marupi and his incredible story. A little boy like no other, who loves animals and nature. He was so happy to come for a week at DAKTARI and learn more about his passion for the environment. So many precious and funny moments remain in our minds during the filming... You have to know that, with the animals, it is not always easy to control everything! :)
Gareth Kaatze, a young South African movie maker, passionate about nature and conservation projects, gives us the right tone for our cause through the video. Original, non-conventional, funny and heart-warming, this is the kind of story that DAKTARI spreads everyday and that Gareth knew how to reveal to the world through the lens of his camera.
THANK YOU Gareth!
Thank you Ingrid and TravelMagSA for their lovely article in their magazine! TravelMagSA is a digital diversion of Lifestyle and Leisure Travel Magazine. You can visit their website at: www.topbiz.co.za
"A meerkat that inevitably started to bite. A mongoose that turned out to be not such a great pet. A Verraux Eagle whose wing had to be amputated because it flew into a pow- er line. A blind donkey found aimlessly wandering around Phalaborwa. The list goes on. All the animals at DAKTARI have a story to tell, their fates sealed by human ignorance and relentless en- croachment, and then altered by human kindness. Some will live out their days in captivity but many of DAKTARI’s animals have been rehabilitated and returned to the wild. All the animals, whether they stay or are prepared to be released, are part of a unique educational system that helps teach rural children about the importance of respect and kindness to animals and the conservation of our planet. Small successes perhaps on the scale of the damage being done by people to our planet, but at DAKTARI I became convinced that without these small successes we would all be lost, if not doomed. DAKTARI inspired me to feel hope, and what is more important than hope? (read more...)
... And your money!
- Orphaned animals and underprivileged children need your love this Valentines Day.
- They both deserve your loving attention without delay.
- You spend most of your time with your partner, guaranteed ups and downs.
- Why not give something to these children and animals and receive no frowns.
- A contribution from your big loving heart.
- Is just what they need in life to get a head start.
- Support this worthy cause, come on now Honey. ;-)
- LOVE is all we need... And your money!
DAKTARI is constantly working in improving environmental awareness and economic development. Today, let’s talk about Portia, who achieved her goal by becoming a permanent full-time waitress at Makalali Game Lodge.
Portia was attending the DAKTARI Eco-Clubs when we met her and noticed her potential. She then spent a couple of weeks at DAKTARI as a volunteer. She was able to acquire valuable skills by practicing her English, learning to interact with the other international volunteers and as a result grew in confidence.
Since then, DAKTARI Outreach Program has helped Portia to find a three-month training placement as a receptionist at Makalali Game Lodge. We are very proud to learn that she has just signed a permanent contract as a waitress there. WELL DONE PORTIA!! J
Nathalie, Fundraiser Manager at DAKTARI, since august 2014
Nathalie has been interviewed by Go Overseas, one of our online volunteers agency. Click here to visit our page on their website.
What position do you hold at DAKTARI and why do you like working there?
Did you volunteer abroad? If so, where and what inspired you to go?
What does the future hold for DAKTARI - any exciting new programs to share?
What is one thing you would tell any future volunteer?
How do you think volunteer abroad will change over the next 10 years?
Gone but never forgotten.
It started off like any other Monday at DAKTARI, the children going around on a tour, animals being fed and cleaned, optimism in the air for the new adventures of the week that lay ahead. However, what was discovered on the 19th of January 2015, at around 13:00, would rock DAKTARI to its core.
" We would often go visit Shiloweni to see what he was doing, often we would find him patrolling his territory or more recently, up in his tree, taking cover from the heat. Today we were surprised to find him lying in the sun. He would normally have his tail moving or at least move his ears if we approached closer. This time, nothing. We immediately knew that something was wrong" said the two DAKTARI volunteers, Daniel and Anne-Sophie, that found Shiloweni's stiff and lifeless body laying in the grass.
Our leopard was then taken to local veterinary doctor, Peter Rodgers, who has played such an important role in the leopards’ life. He confirmed what we had already suspected, it was a snake bite that had taken the life of this majestic African beast. Even the might and power of this exquisite creature was no match for the deadly venom of a slithering serpent. There was evidence of a fight around his body, with blood and scratch marks present, probably with either a Snouted Cobra or the infamous Black Mamba. Dr. Rodgers then notified us that there has been many snake bite incidents reported in the last weeks. This one, we felt the most.
After the dust had settled, it was time to lay Shiloweni to rest. His grave was dug in the African Bush, which is where he belongs. It was an honour and privilege to be there as Ian, Michele, staff, volunteers and children payed their respects to this fallen giant. It was if a close friend had passed, and that's really what Shiloweni was, someone close to our hearts, a respected member of the family whose presence and majesty was not possible to ignore. He had played such a vital role in inspiring and motivating children and volunteers alike, to stop, and to take notice of the utter preciousness that surrounds all of us. To acknowledge how fragile life can be. Stop, breath, and contemplate this for a moment.
But with every end comes new beginnings, with every heart ache comes hope. Without a doubt, from the rubble of our broken hearts, something fresh and new will emerge from this tragic story.
Shiloweni encapsulated the spirit of what DAKTARI is about, his spirit will live on forever. This evening as the red sunsets, no matter where you find yourself in the world, you can still hear his mighty roar in your hearts.
Check out our final adventures of 2014!
Flash back from the last 3 months at DAKTARI in 2014! In this Newsletter:
- You will fall in love with our cutest baby animals!
- You will cry when seeing the release of some of our animals!
- You will feel as if you were present in our community project!
- You will completely melt for the children smiles!
In fact, this newsletter is just lots of emotion, joy, sun and new adventures! What does 2015 have in store? :)
Click on the slide below and enjoy the reading, pictures and videos!
A new printer in the office!
DAKTARI would like to say a huge THANK YOU to SINDOH Africa! They sponsored us with a multifunctional printer for the needs of the office. They also sponsored the ink which allow us to print the kids lessons when necessary or other administratives papers. Thank you for equipping our office like you did!!
Sindoh is the number one Printer brand in Korea, established in 1960 and responsible for the manufacturing of many major printer brands globally.