Volunteers
Debby Wettlaufer
Debby started volunteering at Cheetah Outreach in 2000.  In 2004 she moved to Kenya for 3 ½ years where she was involved in lion conservation, but returned to Cape Town at the end of 2007 and re-joined the Cheetah Outreach team.  Debby became a cheetah handler in 2001 and helped with raising cubs from 2001 to 2003.  She also helps out with onsite functions.  Debby started an enrichment programme for the animals at Cheetah Outreach in 2009 and spends much of her time engaged in enrichment and training activities.  She adopted our caracal Grace, whom she takes on walks every week.  Besides work at the facility, she is responsible for maintaining animal information for staff and volunteers, maintaining the enrichment and livestock guarding dog databases, and helping to maintain the CO website and Facebook pages.   Thank you for your dedication to improving the well-being of our animals.
Mike Calvin
Mike started volunteering at Cheetah Outreach in 2000.  In 2004 he moved to Kenya for 3 ½ years where he was involved in lion conservation, but returned to Cape Town at the end of 2007 and re-joined the Cheetah Outreach team.  Mike became a cheetah handler in 2001 and helped with raising cubs from 2001 to 2003.  He is also a small animal handler and spends time engaged in animal enrichment, especially with the servals whom he has a close relationship to.  Mike as safety officer has written the overall safety protocol and advises on all safety issues.  He has created both the CO website and Facebook page, and spends much time maintaining them.  Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to the safety of animals and people at CO.
Doreen Browne
Doreen started volunteering at Cheetah Outreach when the programme began in 1997 and over the years has given her Saturday to work at the facility.  Since retirement, Doreen also works every Thursday.  Doreen became a cheetah handler in 2001 and is also a small animal handler.  She helps out with onsite functions as well as at fund-raising events.  She is very involved in animal enrichment and spends time walking our caracal Grace.  Thank you for all the time and support you have given the programme from the beginning
Patrick Browne
Patrick started volunteering at Cheetah Outreach when the programme began in 1997 and over the years has given his Saturday to work at the facility despite a very busy career.  Patrick is a small animal handler and has a very close relationship with our meerkats.  He is very involved in animal enrichment and spends time walking the meerkats.  He is also very involved in fund-raising events and has adopted our female meerkat Minki.  Thank you for all the time and support you have given the programme from the beginning.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Steph 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.
Izzy Muller
Izzy started volunteering in May 2016, sometimes working as much as 5 days a week. Now free-lance working in the theatre and entertainment industry, she tries to manage 1 or 2 days a week to help out. Due to her hard work and confidence around the animals, she trained to feed small animals and has started training to be a bat-eared fox and meerkat handler. We are lucky to have such a dedicated person we can always depend on when needed.
Lynn Fitzpatrick
Lynn started volunteering at Cheetah Outreach in October 2017, giving up one of her days off to come in on the weekend to help out at the facility.  She has always wanted to work with wildlife, and loves spending time with and getting to know the cheetahs and small animals.  She also enjoys talking to guests, sharing knowledge and explaining the role of Cheetah Outreach in wildlife conservation.  Besides being a cheetah back-handler,Lynn helps with feeding our small predators and doing enrichment with the animals.  She is currently training to be a meerkat and bat-eared fox handler. We are lucky to have such a dedicated volunteer in Lynn.
Nicky Vermonti
Nicky started volunteering at Cheetah Outreach in March 2018.  As a student studying conservation, she is passionate about conserving Africa’s wildlife and wanted to volunteer at CO because of our Livestock Guarding Dog Programme which helps protect habitat for wildlife in South Africa.  She loves being able to work with and become close to the animals at CO, especially the meerkats and dogs.  Besides being a cheetah back-handler, Nicky helps with feeding our small predators, walking dogs and doing enrichment with the animals.  She is a meerkat handler and is currently training to be a bat-eared fox handler.  We are grateful to have such a dedicated volunteer on our team.
Melanie Stevenson
Melanie started volunteering at Cheetah Outreach in April 2018, quickly becoming a regular volunteer that we could depend on.  She has a great love for animals and having studied for a degree in Applied Biology and Biochemistry, is thrilled to be working in the conservation field.  She loves working hands on with the animals but also helping to make a difference for these predators in the wild.  Besides being a cheetah back-handler, Melanie helps with feeding our small predators, walking dogs and doing enrichment with the animals.  She is currently training to be a meerkat and bat-eared fox handler.  We are grateful to have such a dedicated volunteer on our team.
Tony Fitzpatrick
Tony started volunteering at Cheetah Outreach in October 2017, giving up one of his days off to come in on the weekend to help out at the facility.  Besides being a cheetah back-handler, he helps with feeding our small predators, walking and training dogs, and doing enrichment with the animals.  Tony is currently training to be a meerkat and bat-eared fox handler.  We appreciate all the time and effort he gives to Cheetah Outreach.
Tyle Swart
Tyle started volunteering at Cheetah Outreach in September 2018.  She has always been fascinated by wild animals, and is thrilled to be able to work closely with and build relationships with the animals at CO.  She also enjoys having the opportunity to educate the public about the plight of the cheetah and other predator species, and seeing the reaction of guests when meeting a cheetah for the first time.  Besides being a cheetah back-handler, Tyle helps with feeding our small predators, walking dogs and doing enrichment with animals, which she is especially keen about.  She is currently training to be a meerkat and bat-eared fox handler.  We are lucky to have such a committed volunteer who loves being with the animals.
Doreen Browne
Doreen started volunteering at Cheetah Outreach when the programme began in 1997 and over the years has given her Saturday to work at the facility.  Since retirement, Doreen also works every Thursday.  Doreen became a cheetah handler in 2001 and is also a small animal handler.  She helps out with onsite functions as well as at fund-raising events.  She is very involved in animal enrichment and spends time walking our caracal Grace.  Thank you for all the time and support you have given the programme from the beginning
Patrick Browne
Patrick started volunteering at Cheetah Outreach when the programme began in 1997 and over the years has given his Saturday to work at the facility despite a very busy career.  Patrick is a small animal handler and has a very close relationship with our meerkats.  He is very involved in animal enrichment and spends time walking the meerkats.  He is also very involved in fund-raising events and has adopted our female meerkat Minki.  Thank you for all the time and support you have given the programme from the beginning
Debby Wettlaufer
Debby started volunteering at Cheetah Outreach in 2000.  In 2004 she moved to Kenya for 3 ½ years where she was involved in lion conservation, but returned to Cape Town at the end of 2007 and re- joined the Cheetah Outreach team.  Debby became a cheetah handler in 2001 and helped with raising cubs from 2001 to 2003.  She also helps out with onsite functions.  Debby started an enrichment programme for the animals at Cheetah Outreach in 2009 and spends much of her time engaged in enrichment and training activities.  She adopted our caracal Grace, whom she takes on walks every week.  Besides work at the facility, she is responsible for maintaining animal information for staff and volunteers, maintaining the enrichment and livestock guarding dog databases, and helping to maintain the CO website and Facebook pages.   Thank you for your dedication to improving the well-being of our animals.
Mike Calvin
Mike started volunteering at Cheetah Outreach in 2000.  In 2004 he moved to Kenya for 3 ½ years where he was involved in lion conservation, but returned to Cape Town at the end of 2007 and re-joined the Cheetah Outreach team.  Mike became a cheetah handler in 2001 and helped with raising cubs from 2001 to 2003.  He is also a small animal handler and spends time engaged in animal enrichment, especially with the servals whom he has a close relationship to.  Mike as safety officer has written the overall safety protocol and advises on all safety issues.  He has created both the CO website and Facebook page, and spends much time maintaining them.  Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to the safety of animals and people at CO.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Steph 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.
Izzy Muller
Izzy started volunteering in May 2016, sometimes working as much as 5 days a week. Now free-lance working in the theatre and entertainment industry, she tries to manage 1 or 2 days a week to help out. Due to her hard work and confidence around the animals, she trained to feed small animals and has started training to be a bat-eared fox and meerkat handler. We are lucky to have such a dedicated person we can always depend on when needed.
Lynn Fitzpatrick
Lynn started volunteering at Cheetah Outreach in October 2017, giving up one of her days off to come in on the weekend to help out at the facility.  She has always wanted to work with wildlife, and loves spending time with and getting to know the cheetahs and small animals.  She also enjoys talking to guests, sharing knowledge and explaining the role of Cheetah Outreach in wildlife conservation.  Besides being a cheetah back-handler,Lynn helps with feeding our small predators and doing enrichment with the animals.  She is currently training to be a meerkat and bat- eared fox handler. We are lucky to have such a dedicated volunteer in Lynn. .
Tony Fitzpatrick
Tony started volunteering at Cheetah Outreach in October 2017, giving up one of his days off to come in on the weekend to help out at the facility.  Besides being a cheetah back-handler, he helps with feeding our small predators, walking and training dogs, and doing enrichment with the animals.  Tony is currently training to be a meerkat and bat-eared fox handler.  We appreciate all the time and effort he gives to Cheetah Outreach.
Nicky Vermonti
Nicky started volunteering at Cheetah Outreach in March 2018.  As a student studying conservation, she is passionate about conserving Africa’s wildlife and wanted to volunteer at CO because of our Livestock Guarding Dog Programme which helps protect habitat for wildlife in South Africa.  She loves being able to work with and become close to the animals at CO, especially the meerkats and dogs.  Besides being a cheetah back-handler, Nicky helps with feeding our small predators, walking dogs and doing enrichment with the animals.  She is a meerkat handler and is currently training to be a bat-eared fox handler.  We are grateful to have such a dedicated volunteer on our team.
Melanie Stevenson
Melanie started volunteering at Cheetah Outreach in April 2018, quickly becoming a regular volunteer that we could depend on.  She has a great love for animals and having studied for a degree in Applied Biology and Biochemistry, is thrilled to be working in the conservation field.  She loves working hands on with the animals but also helping to make a difference for these predators in the wild.  Besides being a cheetah back-handler, Melanie helps with feeding our small predators, walking dogs and doing enrichment with the animals.  She is currently training to be a meerkat and bat-eared fox handler.  We are grateful to have such a dedicated volunteer on our team
Tyle Swart
Tyle started volunteering at Cheetah Outreach in September 2018.  She has always been fascinated by wild animals, and is thrilled to be able to work closely with and build relationships with the animals at CO.  She also enjoys having the opportunity to educate the public about the plight of the cheetah and other predator species, and seeing the reaction of guests when meeting a cheetah for the first time.  Besides being a cheetah back-handler, Tyle helps with feeding our small predators, walking dogs and doing enrichment with animals, which she is especially keen about.  She is currently training to be a meerkat and bat-eared fox handler.  We are lucky to have such a committed volunteer who loves being with the animals.
Promoting the survival of the free ranging, South African cheetah through environmental education and conservation initiatives.
Cheetah Outreach