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 - Manager

Dawn, a zoologist, is overall manager of Cheetah Outreach. Dawn started volunteering at Cheetah Outreach in October 1997 and joined as full-time staff in January 1999, heading the education programme and ensuring that awareness of the plight of the cheetah was spread through the community through school visits, teacher workshops, incorporating conservation into school curriculums and other activities. She attained her Masters in Environmental Education in 2006. In 2016 Dawn took over running Cheetah Outreach with responsibility for all aspects of the organization.

Liesl Smith

Liesl Smith - Curator

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 - 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. In 2014 he was promoted to manager in charge of the facility and personnel.

 

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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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Bonga Matina

Bonga started working at Cheetah Outreach in January 2008.  He started out helping with maintenance and in the kitchen but showed so much promise after his first year that he was trained to be a handler.  He left Cheetah Outreach at the end of 2012 but continued to come in on Sundays and volunteer, helping out with cheetah encounters.   He came back full-time to Cheetah Outreach in May 2015 and we are very happy to have Bonga back on the team again.  He’s an experienced and hard-working handler who knows all the cats well.

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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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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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Hayley Katz

Hayley started as an international volunteer in 2009 during her university studies in Zoology. Then, after doing a short course to become a safari guide she volunteered for a second time in 2010. After two more brief volunteer visits in 2011 and 2012 she worked at a guide training school, at a bird of prey rehabilitation centre and at a safari company in Cape Town. She is now a full-time staff member working with the animals as well as administrative duties, medical reports, and proposal writing for the Cheetah Outreach Trust. We are lucky to have such a talented person join our team. 

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Brittany Lowe

Brittany joined the Cheetah Outreach staff in August 2016 after working at the facility for 4 years as a professional photographer for Timsa Photography. When she first met one of our cheetahs, she was hooked and knew that she wanted to work in wildlife conservation. During her 4 years at the facility, she came to know the people and animals of Cheetah Outreach well and helped out with walking our dogs when she had time. She developed a love for animals while growing up on a farm and is very eager to learn as much as she can about cheetahs and other species involved in our programme. Brittany is a welcome addition to the Cheetah Outreach family with her passion and enthusiasm for animals.

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Adrienne Alldermann, Education Programme Facilitator

Adrienne started helping her friend Annie Beckhelling when she first started Cheetah Outreach in 1997. She has continued to assist with different tasks over the years and in 2015, took over facilitating the education programme and helping Mary set up school visits and develop different education activities. She has now taken on the administration of the volunteer programme and bookings.

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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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Robson Lampio

Robson joined the Cheetah Outreach staff in May 2015 to help with maintenance as the workload at our facilities has become too much for one person. He is a very hard worker with a ready smile. Together, he and Shah make a formidable maintenance crew. We are lucky to have found such a friendly, dedicated person for our team.

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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.  

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