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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Meet our Team - Local Volunteers

 

 

Liesl Smith

Patrick and Doreen Browne

Patrick and Doreen started volunteering at Cheetah Outreach when the programme began in 1997 and over the years have given their Saturdays to work at the facility, where they have developed a close working relationship with all the animals. Doreen became a cheetah handler in 2001 and both are small animal handlers, with Patrick being one of our main meerkat handlers. Both are very involved in animal enrichment. Besides walking dogs,Patrick does a lot of enrichment with small carnivores, and Doreen does enrichment with all the animals and spends time walking our caracal Grace. They have also been very involved with functions and fund-raising events, and have adopted cheetahs Hemmingway and Enigma as well our female meerkat Minki. Thank you for all the time and support you have given to the programme from the very beginning.

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Debby Wettlaufer and Mike Calvin

Debby and Mike started volunteering at Cheetah Outreach in 2000. In 2004, they moved to Kenya for three and a half years, where they were involved in lion conservation. They returned to Cape Town at the end of 2007 and rejoined the team. Both became cheetah handlers in 2001 and helped with raising cubs from 2001 to 2003. Besides working at the facility, they are responsible for communications and maintenance of the Cheetah Outreach website and Facebook page as well as the livestock guarding dog database. Mike is the safety officer and Debby started an enrichment programme for the animals at Cheetah Outreach and spends much of her time engaged in animal enrichment. Debby adopted our caracal Malaika and later Grace whom she takes on walks every week. Their passion is wild cats and they are happy to be working with the animals at Cheetah Outreach again.

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Lesta Rothero

Lesta started volunteering in 2001 and has become an essential part of the team, always ready to step in and help at short notice. Besides working at the facility, she oversees the care of all our dogs, making sure they are walked on a regular basis, and helped with the birth and care of all the puppies born to our breeding females before they moved to Limpopo. She is also one of our main small animal handlers, doing encounters that have become very popular with the public. Cheetah Outreach would not be the same without Lesta!

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Hagen Zeranka

Hagen started volunteering on a regular basis in 2009 and we soon came to depend on him, especially during the busy times of the year. Hagen is also a meerkat and a bat-eared fox handler. A hard worker, he is always willing do what is asked of him and has helped a lot with small animal enclosure enhancement and maintenance. He also spends time with the small carnivores whenever he can and provides us with many enrichment items. Hagen has adopted our bat-eared fox Diggory.

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Mandi Wyngaard

Mandi started volunteering at Cheetah Outreach in 2009 and works around her busy schedule as a fitness instructor in order to help out whenever she can. She became a cheetah handler in 2011 but her passion is working with the cubs, both at the cub facility on Eikendal and at our facility. She has become very involved in the cub-rearing programme and has been over-seeing it since 2014. We thank Mandi for giving up her free time to volunteer at Cheetah Outreach and for all her help with the cub programme.

 

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Kate Thompson

Kate started volunteering on a regular basis at Cheetah Outreach in 2009. She used to volunteer almost every weekend and help out on holidays but due to her very busy life, now comes in occasionally to visit animals and do enrichment. She has adopted cheetah brothers Pedro and Phoenix and our bat-eared fox Janet. We thank her for the great support she has given to Cheetah Outreach

 

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Hayley Katz

Hayley first started volunteering as an international volunteer in 2009 and volunteered for several more short stints after that. In 2015 she joined the staff at Cheetah Outreach, spending 2 years working as fundraising coordinator and assistant curator. After moving on to a different career at the beginning of 2017, she is continuing to volunteer on weekends and during holidays, helping out with animal husbandry and enrichment, and handling during encounters. Though we miss her daily presence, we are happy to still have Hayley as part of the Cheetah Outreach team.  

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Ursina Rusch

Ursina started volunteering at Cheetah Outreach in 2010 when she was working on a degree in zoology at the University of Stellenbosch. As a full-time environmental consultant, she continued to come in almost every Saturday to help out. She became a cheetah handler in 2012 and was involved with animal enrichment. We came to count on her hard work and reliability, and are grateful for the time she gave us.

 

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Jacqui Friedling

Jacqui started volunteering at Cheetah Outreach in 2010 and since then has become a regular.  Despite a busy and demanding career as a doctor, Jacqui still finds time to help us out almost every Sunday as well as during the holidays, days that other volunteers are often not available.  Through her work, she has also provided us with lots of enrichment items for our small carnivores. She is both a cheetah and small animal handler. She has adopted our servals Baggins and Legacy.  Many thanks to Jacqui for her continuing support.

 

 

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Lisa Bathurst

Lisa is originally from the UK but she was drawn to South Africa by her passion for wildlife.  She started volunteering at Cheetah Outreach in 2011 and is now a regular on Tuesdays. She became a cheetah handler in 2014 and also does bat-eared fox, meerkat and caracal encounters. She enjoys talking to the public about cheetah conservation and mentoring new volunteers. She has bonded to both cheetahs and small carnivores at our facility, and is very involved in the enrichment programme. Many thanks to Lisa for giving us a day every week despite a busy career.

 

 

 

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Willem Briers-Louw (WD)

WD started volunteering at Cheetah Outreach in November 2012. Despite going to university, he tried to volunteer as much as he could at the facility, coming in 3 or 4 times a week to help out during the holidays. WD enjoyed working with the animals and helped with feeding our small carnivores. In 2015 he became a cheetah handler and provided much relief to staff during the busy season. He also enjoyed talking to the public about our efforts to conserve the cheetah and other predators. Always friendly, everyone enjoyed working with WD and we appreciate the time he was able to give despite his studies.

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Tammy Richmond

Tammy started volunteering at Cheetah Outreach in March 2013, giving up one of her days-off from her regular job every week to work on Saturdays.  She became a cheetah handler in 2015 and also does bat-eared fox and caracal encounters as well as cub and dog walks and enrichment with our small carnivores and cheetahs.  Her commitment and enthusiasm have made her an important part of the Saturday team, and we thank her for her dedication and hard work.

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Penny Lazarus

Penny first volunteered at Cheetah Outreach in 2001 and provided night-time accommodation for our first cubs from De Wildt, Zaza and Savannah. After a number of years away, she returned to Cheetah Outreach in 2012 and volunteers at least once a week at our Paardevlei facility. She has become a huge help in training new volunteers, which is essential to the success of our operation. With her background in wildlife conservation, Penny is the ideal person to teach volunteers how to get our conservation message across to the public. We appreciate all the support from Penny over the years

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Frances Mitchell

Frances started volunteering at Cheetah Outreach in 2013 and is now a regular on Wednesdays, helping with tours, in the shop, feeding and spending time with the Anatolians, and helping out with cheetah encounters. Her dedication and enthusiasm make Frances a welcome addition to the Cheetah Outreach team.

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Marguerite Blignaut

Marguerite started volunteering at Cheetah Outreach in June 2014, working 3 to 4 days a week as well as giving up part of her Sundays to come in and walk dogs. She quickly became indispensible, using her leadership qualities to take charge of volunteers, spreading our conservation message with guests, and providing care, attention and enrichment for our dogs and small animals. In 2015 she became a cheetah handler and also does bat-eared fox and caracal encounters. Even though working on a PhD, she still finds time to volunteer at least once a week. With her strong scientific background and her passion for animals, Marguerite has brought much to Cheetah Outreach and we are grateful for her time

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Stephanie Plank

Steph started volunteering at Cheetah Outreach in March 2015 and quickly became invaluable to the smooth daily running of the facility. For almost 2 years, he worked up to 5 days a week and was one of our hardest workers, taking charge of volunteers and making sure everything ran smoothly. Now going to school, she still volunteers at least once a week. She is both a cheetah and small animal handler. She is also very involved in enrichment with dogs, small animals and cheetahs. We are very lucky to have her.

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Justin Gilmour

Justin started volunteering at Cheetah Outreach in June 2015 and since then has committed to working one day a week and helping out on extra days despite being busy studying for a BSc in Environmental Management. With his outgoing and friendly personality, he is a natural talking to guests on tours. He also helps with feeding small animals and walking dogs. Enthusiastic and always willing to help with anything, Justin is a great addition to the Cheetah Outreach team.

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