Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Porcupine Returned To Her Rescuers With A Wonderful Surprise.

Spikey's Babies

Spikey's Babies

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Interacting with humans came easily for Spikey, but her babies weren’t really used to be surrounded by them, so it took them a while. They were a bit nervous, so they hid in the back, and found shelter in the shadows of the buildings that surrounded that area as a way of protecting themselves. Ian says he feels like a proud parent, after watching Spikey evolve on his own. "It's wonderful seeing Spikey live a full life in the wild, and having a family of her own."

DAKTARI's Mission

DAKTARI's Mission

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The amazing DAKTARI orphanage doesn’t just look after wild animals, and rescues who need a home. They seek to educate the local children about conservation, and want them to respect and learn how to treat wild animals. The incredible staff is not only looking to change the lives of the animals, but the children of Africa as well. Kids visit the animal rescue and orphanage house for 5 days straight to attend a teaching program which allows them to work with the animals the rescuers are caring for. In this program, they learn all about conservation, anti-poaching, pollution, and they even learn how to identify animal tracks.

It's All About The Animals

It's All About The Animals

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Every animal at Daktari’s got their own story. Some are there after their owners decided to abandon them, and some have been taken to the orphanage to get treatment, and be rehabilitated and eventually released into the wild. Others were born at the shelter. Every single one of these animals are important for the people volunteering at Daktari, but they also serve a purpose. They become, in a way, animal ambassadors and help educate the children and the community about the importance of ethical animal treatment.

Changing Attitudes

Changing Attitudes

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Daktari looks to educate the community and change the attitude towards wildlife by using animals as ambassadors. By caring, tending, and exposing themselves to animal wildlife, the locals understand that animals are so much more than just tools and food. They are alive, they have needs, and best of all, they have feelings. Thanks to the incredible work of the team of volunteers in these past 10 years, animal poaching from the neighboring communities has been reduced.

Working For The Community

Working For The Community

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The team of volunteers at Daktari also travels to local villages every week and provide educational opportunities to high school kids. They promote life-changing programs, and projects to improve the community, such as planting trees, and also help the youth community find a job. If you’ve been touched by Daktari’s incredible work, and you feel like giving back, consider becoming a volunteer. You can also donate and help them reach hundreds of children and help save the lives of the animals who need a helping hand.

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