Cheetah Outreach
Cheetah Outreach

Promoting the survival of the free ranging, Southern African cheetah through environmental education and delivering conservation initiatives.
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Meet our Team - Staff

 

South African Staff
Dawn Glover - Education Officer

Dawn Glover - Education Officer

Dawn, a zoologist, heads the education programme, the initial focus of Cheetah Outreach. She ensures that awareness of the plight of the cheetah is spread throughout the communities. Dawn started volunteering at Cheetah Outreach in October 1997 and joined as full-time staff in January 1999.   Dawn also attained her Masters in Environmental Education in 2006 in order to empower her in her role as Education Officer.

Liesl Smith

Liesl Smith - Facility Manager

Born and educated in South Africa, Liesl qualified with a BSc in Animal Physiology and Zoology and an Honours Degree in Wildlife Management. She spent some years as a High School biology and physical science teacher up country before moving down to Cape Town. Shortly after the move, Liesl started volunteering five days a week at Cheetah Outreach.  In 2001 she joined the staff and in 2003, took over management of the Cheetah Outreach facility.  Besides managing the daily operation, she has assisted in the implementation of the Anatolian Guarding Dog Programme in South Africa and helped develop the foundation-phase education resource.

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Yogi Nanny - Assistant Facility Manager

Yogi started volunteering at Cheetah Outreach in December 2008. He became a temporary staff member a year later and in February joined the staff permanently. In 2013 he became assistant manager, responsible for running the facility in the absence of the manager. Yogi loves sharing his passion for cheetahs with visitors and new volunteers.

 

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Christo van Niekerk

After several years away, Christo has returned to Cheetah Outreach. Born and educated in South Africa, he was involved in animal care for several years as a cruelty inspector for the SPCA before joining the Cheetah Outreach staff in 2003 where he remained for 7 years. His knowledge of animals and their care is a great asset to Cheetah Outreach, and he has resumed responsibility for the maintenance of the facility.

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Pretty Cebibokwe

Pretty became a permanent member of the staff in 2003. Due to her commitment and rapport with the cats, she was trained to be a cub handler. In 2014 she started handing for adult encounters and has become one of our main handlers, doing encounters throughout the day and helping to train and supervise volunteers.

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Elizabeth Dube

Elizabeth has been working at Cheetah Outreach since 2002. She can be found running the shop and greeting visitors in her welcoming and professional manner. Cheetah Outreach wouldn’t be the same without her warm smile and ready laughter.

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Tholakele ‘Jackie’ Dlamini

Jackie has joined the Cheetah Outreach staff as the new kitchen manager.  He quickly took charge of the kitchen, keeping it tidy and organized, and preparing all the animal meals on time as well as preparing items for animal enrichment.   Friendly and eager to learn, Jackie quickly became a favourite of everyone at Cheetah Outreach.

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Tazvitya ‘Shah’ Nyikadzino

Shah joined the Cheetah Outreach staff in May 2013 primarily to help with maintenance around the facility.  When he isn’t working outside, he can be found helping out in the kitchen, preparing animal meals and cutting up meat.  Hard-working and friendly, he is a welcome addition to Cheetah Outreach.

 

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Aline Lindiwe IJsselmuiden

Aline was born in South Africa but moved to France when she was 14 years old. She returned to Cape Town in 2013 to volunteer at Cheetah Outreach for 6 months. She was such a hard worker and developed such a good rapport with the animals that she was hired on as staff at the end of the year. Aline is particularly good with the Anatolians and has shown a lot of interest in the medical side of animal husbandry at the facility, assisting with treating injuries and illnesses in all the animals. She is a great addition to the Cheetah Outreach team!

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Karen Williams

Karen became hooked on cheetahs when she met Hemmingway as a cub on a visit to Cheetah Outreach. She started fundraising for Cheetah Outreach in the UK in 2008 and started volunteering at the facility on trips to Cape Town starting in 2010. In 2012 she moved to Cape Town permanently and began volunteering at the facility 4 days a week and became a cheetah handler. In 2014 she joined the staff permanently. She has restructured and taken charge of the volunteer programme, a huge effort. She is also responsible for all our bookings and has substantially increased income from walks, private functions and other types of activities. We are very grateful to have such a skilled and dedicated person join the Cheetah Outreach team.

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Mary Maphori Possa - Education Assistant

Mary, a qualified teacher with 20 years experience working in Primary Schools in the Western Cape, joined Cheetah Outreach in May 2009 to assist in the expansion of the education programme.  Mary was offered the position based on her previous relationship with Cheetah Outreach in designing resources, presenting at workshops, and her incredible passion and energy for education.  Mary speaks four local languages, which together with her knowledge of the school curriculum, is a valuable asset to Cheetah Outreach. 

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Cyril Stannard, Livestock Guarding Dog Project Manager - Territory West

Cyril joined the Cheetah Outreach team in February 2008 as project coordinator of the Livestock Guarding Dog (LDG) Project. He worked with Anatolian shepherd dogs for 10 years, beginning with the Department of Agriculture, before coming to Cheetah Outreach. A big part of his job has been the placement and monitoring of Anatolians on South African farms on a monthly basis to ensure they are working and cared for properly. In 2013, the LGD Project was expanded and divided into 2 territories, with Cyril named project manager of the western territory, where he will continue placing and monitoring dogs in the North West Province, a natural distribution range for wild cheetah. Passionate about Anatolians, he enjoys his work immensely and brings a great deal of experience to this important conservation programme.  

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Deon Cilliers, Livestock Guarding Dog Project Manager - Territory
East / Research Officer.
Deon joined the Cheetah Outreach team in June 2013 as Livestock Guarding Dog Manager, East Territory. Armed with a National Diploma and MSc in Nature Conservation, he has vast experience working in wildlife conservation. Deon started as an environmental officer for the South African Air Force and later worked as an animal control officer for the Limpopo Department of Conservation. In 2000 he started the De Wildt Wild Cheetah Project and continued until 2009 when he was employed as Human-Wildlife Conflict Mitigation Officer by the Endangered Wildlife Trust. As project manager for the eastern territory of the Livestock Guarding Dog (LGD) Project, he will be placing and monitoring Antolians on livestock and game farms in the Limpopo Province, a natural distribution range for wild cheetah. Deon brings valuable knowledge and experience to the effort to reduce human-predator conflict in South Africa through the LGD Project.

He also manages the Cheetah Outreach porfolio of reseacrh projects.  

International Staff
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Katherine (Kat) Whitehouse-Tedd

Kat started volunteering at Cheetah Outreach in January 2000 as a handler and in the education programme. As a veterinary nurse, Kat also assisted with the health care of the cheetahs. In 2004 she set up the cub-rearing project at Cheetah Outreach and was project leader until 2007. During that time, Kat completed her PhD in cheetah nutrition and has written a number of scientific papers on cheetah and cat nutrition; she has also published a book about the nutritional management of captive cheetahs in comparison to domestic cats.

Kat is currently based in the United Arab Emirates where she works as the Veterinary Administrator and Research Scientist at the Breeding Centre for Endangered Arabian Wildlife, as well as a part time lecturer for Nottingham Trent University in the UK. Kat continues to contribute to Cheetah Outreach's research programme as their Scientific Adviser and is also a board member.

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