Annie Beckhelling - Founder
In January 1997, founder Annie Beckhelling, launched the project with a hectare of land provided by Spier Wine Estates located in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Cheetah Outreach then set out to introduce cheetah to the South African community. Educational efforts began with two cheetahs: Shadow, a one-year-old male, capable of traveling to community events, and Inca, a six-year-old male, whose role was to greet Spier visitors.
In the first year alone, Cheetah Outreach and Shadow, visited more than 50,000 people by traveling to educational facilities, community clubs, hotels, malls, and various public events. At Spier, with an average annual visitorship of 350,000 people, Inca was able to greet more than 10 percent of the guests touring the lovely estate.
Since our successful beginning, Cheetah Outreach quickly expanded with the arrival of three cubs in September 1997. Nyana-Spier, Charlie-Girl and Moya enjoyed the public attention. Moya was donated to the Angel Trust Fund (Cincinnati, Ohio) to assist them with their efforts of raising awareness for the plight of the cheetah.
Our facility is continually evolving and growing and we are taking on more challenges than ever before. We are actively involved in cub rearing and in the Anatolian Shepherd Guarding Dog programme in South Africa.