Cheetah Outreach
Cheetah Outreach
20 years (1997 to 2017)
Promoting the survival of the free ranging, Southern African cheetah through environmental education and delivering conservation initiatives.
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Our Cheetahs 

Hemmingway

Hemmingway was born at the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre on 19 May, 2005 and hand-reared with Engima at Cheetah Outreach, He takes part in our awareness programme, greeting visitors in occasional encounters at our facility. One of our biggest cat, Hemmingway is a stunning cheetah much admired by visitors.

Thanks to Doreen Browne for adopting Hemmingway

Enigma

Enigma was born at the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre on 25 May, 2005 and hand-reared with Hemmingway at Cheetah Outreach. He takes part in our awareness programme, greeting visitors in encounters at our facility. Engima's good-natured and friendly personality has made him a favourite with everyone at Cheetah Outreach.

Thanks to Doreen Browne for adopting Enigma

Hector

Hector was born in Germany on 26 May, 2007 and hand-raised. This stunning cheetah does not meet the public in encounters, but can frequently be seen from our viewing deck. He is very clever and readily enjoys daily training sessions with his handlers.

Thanks to Slade Camara for adopting Hector

Phoenix

Phoenix was born at Bester Birds & Animals Zoo Park on 18 August, 2008 and came to Cheetah Outreach with his brother Pedro at 6 months of age in March 2009.  He takes part in our awareness programme, greeting visitors at our facility as well as in functions at off-site venues. He lives with his brother Pedro.

Thanks to Kate Thompson for adopting Phoenix.

Pedro

Born at Bester Birds and Animals Zoo Park in Johannesburg, Pedro came to Cheetah Outreach with his brother Phoenix at 6 months of age and was raised to be an ambassador cat.  Pedro participated in our awareness programme for many years but is now retired from encounters.  He lives with his brother Phoenix.

Thanks to Kate Thompson for adopting Pedro.

Chobe

Chobe was born at the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre on 22 May, 2009.  He came to Cheetah Outreach at a few weeks of age to be hand-raised as an ambassador cat and stayed to become part of our awareness programme.  Chobe is an impressive cat at 60 kg. He is also our fastest cat, entertaining visitors at public runs.

 

Thanks to Richard Kelly and Frits van Maasakkers for adopting Chobe.

Mara

Mara was born 28 December, 2013, and arrived at Cheetah Outreach at 6 months of age. He was habituated to humans but not hand-raised so formal public encounters were not a suitable option. However, this beautiful boy enjoys spending time with his brother Meru and very much enjoys a variety of enrichment activities.

Thanks to Andrea, Thomas and Elena for adopting Mara.

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Meru

Meru was born on 28th December 2013. He, like his brother, Mara arrived at Cheetah Outreach at 6 months of age. He is not as confident with new people as our other ambassador cats so he does not meet the public in encounters. Instead, he regularly enjoys enrichment sessions and is very bonded with his brother.

Thanks to Christine and Dave Hagen for adopting Meru.

 

Ebony

Ebony was born at Cheetah Experience on 10 April, 2014 and hand-raised. He takes part in our awareness programme, greeting visitors in encounters at our facility as well as at onsite and off-site functions. With his sweet and easygoing temperament, he enjoys interaction with everyone and has turned into a wonderful ambassador for Cheetah Outreach.

 

Thanks to Marga Burgauer for adopting Ebony.

Ivory

Ivory was born at Cheetah Experience on 10 April, 2014 and hand-raised. He takes part in our awareness programme, greeting visitors in encounters. As friendly as his brother Ebony but not quite as easygoing, he does fewer encounters just at our facility. He is also the largest of our younger ambassadors and looks very impressive up close.

 

Thanks to Ruth Rohner for adopting Ivory.

Romulus

Romulus was born at Cango wildlife ranch on 6th May 2014 and hand-raised. He takes part in our awareness programme, greeting visitors in encounters at our facility. Not related, but raised with Ebony and Ivory, these three boys form a strong coalition

 

Thanks to Chris & Carole Haxby for adopting Romulus.

David

David was born at Cheetah Experience on 15 April, 2015, and hand-raised at Cheetah Outreach to be an ambassador cat. He took part in our awareness programme, greeting visitors in encounters and walks at our facility until he sadly died of an incurable infection on 1 October, 2016. He is missed by all who came to love him during his short life.

 

Thanks to Livia Lueck, Nico Lueck & Nathalie Bomart for adopting David.

Goliath

Goliath was born at Cheetah Experience on 15 April, 2015, and hand-raised at Cheetah Outreach to be an ambassador cat. He takes part in our awareness programme, greeting visitors in encounters and walks at our facility and at onsite and off-site functions. A very confident cat, he has grown into a great ambassador. He lives with his adopted brother Romeo.

 

Thanks to Peter Whelan for adopting Goliath.

Romeo

Romeo was born at Cango Wildlife Ranch on 23 May, 2015 and hand-raised at Cheetah Outreach to be an ambassador cat. He takes part in our awareness programme, greeting visitors both in encounters and walks at our facility and at onsite and off-site functions. He is extremely affectionate and loves all the attention he gets during encounters as well as from staff and volunteers. He lives with his adopted brother Goliath.

 

Thanks to Warren Coles for adopting Romeo.

In Memoriam

Inca

Inca was born October 1990 and was the father of the only litter born at Cheetah Outreach: Nyana-Spier, Charlie-Girl and Moya. He sadly died on 5 March, 2002.

Inca was our founder cheetah and the backbone of the project. During his time at Cheetah Outreach, he reached the hearts of many visitors, volunteers and staff members who will never forget his gentle nature. Life at the facility will never be the same and we will miss his guiding presence.

Candy

Companion to Inca and mother to Nyana-Spier, Moya and Charlie. She was captive born on the 9th of October 1990, and is very much the heart of Cheetah Outreach. Candy, our successful breeding female, passed away at the age of eight and is missed by all of us

Nyana-Spier

Nyana was the first of a litter of three born at Cheetah Outreach on 15 September, 1997. Our most beautiful cat, he was a dedicated ambassador for many years, greeting visitors at both our facility and venues throughout Cape Town. His time of 6.19 seconds stood until 2009.

Nyana died 26 January, 2008. He is deeply missed by all.

Moya

Brother to Nyana-Spier and Charlie, Moya was part of the only litter born at Cheetah Outreach, on 15 September, 1997. At less than a year old, he joined the Cat Ambassador Program at the Cincinnati Zoo and served for many years as an ambassador for his species.

Moya died 26 January, 2009 and is sadly missed by all who knew him.

Kaya

Kaya was born at the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre on 30 May, 2002 and hand-reared. He came to Cheetah Outreach with his brothers Joseph and Byron at 3 1/2 months of age to take part in our awareness programme. Besides greeting visitors at our facility Kaya also joined our educational staff on school outings as an education ambassador.

Kaya was a gift of Kaya Wines (Overhex).

Kaya died 12 August, 2009. We miss you so much, Kaya.

Savannah

Savannah and her sister Nkosazana (Zaza) were born at the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre on 20 April, 2001. They joined our team at about four months of age and participated in public encounters for several years. Though they chose not to participate in our awareness programme anymore, they continued to receive love and attention from staff and volunteers, and enjoy their weekly runs.

Savannah died 4 November, 2009. Savannah, you left us too soon but you will continue to live on in our hearts forever.

Shadow

Shadow was born at Cango Wildlife Ranch on 18 February, 1996. A single cub, he was abandoned by his mother and hand-reared from three days of age. At three months of age, he joined Cheetah Outreach to take part in our education programme. For over 10 years, Shadow was the Cheetah Outreach education ambassador, visiting hundreds of schools throughout Cape Town. In mid-2007 he stepped down from his ambassadorial duties to pursue a life of leisure.

Shadow died 4 March, 2010. From the very beginning, he was an integral part of Cheetah Outreach and he leaves a huge void. We will never forget you, Shadow.

Thanks to Roy and Pat Logan for adopting Shadow.

Sha

With great sorrow, Cheetah Outreach said good-bye to Sha on 3 October.  At 15 years of age, Sha was the Grand Old Lady of Cheetah Outreach.  Born in the wild in September 1996, she was orphaned and rescued by a family who raised her.  When they could no longer care for her, Cheetah Outreach offered her a home and she became a beloved member of our family.  Strong and healthy throughout most of her life, age finally wore her body down and she died peacefully in the company of those she loved most.

For such a small cat, Sha was a huge presence.  It is a huge loss for Cheetah Outreach and those who loved her dearly.  She will be greatly missed but will live on forever in our hearts.

Liesl Smith

Nkosazana (Zaza)

Nkosazana (Zaza) and her sister Savannah were born at the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre on 20 April, 2001. They joined our team at about four months of age and participated in public encounters for several years. Zaza and her sister were very close, and Savannah's death was a great loss to her, but she turned to staff and volunteers for love and attention.

Zaza died on 6 July, 2012. She was our smallest cheetah but she had the heart and spirit of a lion. Never was there an animal so full of love and her love touched all of those who were lucky enough to have known her. We miss her and her sister Savannah terribly but they are now together again.

 

Charlie

Along with her brothers Nyana-Spier and Moya, Charlie was part of the only litter born at Cheetah Outreach, on 15 September, 1997. Charlie chose not to participate in public encounters but remained an important part of the Cheetah Outreach family until she died at 16 years of age. She was the grand old lady of Cheetah Outreach and we miss her regal presence..

 

Joseph

Joseph was born at the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre on 30 May, 2002 and hand-reared. He came to Cheetah Outreach with his brothers Kaya and Bryon at 3 1/2 months of age and became an essential part of our awareness programme. He continued to participate in encounters with the public until age finally caught up with him and he died on 13 January, 2016. He was Cheetah Outreach's most important ambassador for over 13 years and touched the hearts of thousands of people who met him over the years. He was a magnificent ambassador for his species. Our lives are poorer without you, Jo.

Joseph was owned and kindly on loan by Wild Wild Wild in Africa

Thanks to Pat and Roy Logan for adopting Joseph.

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