What is CHEETA (Community Help Enviro-Education Through Animals)

CHEETA is the education division of The Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre. We believe that education is a vital part of the conservation process, and visits are made to various schools and organisations in different parts of the country. Schools can visit The Ann van Dyk Cheetah centre for informative tours and fun activities

In 2003 the Centre launched its Outreach Education Programme, using the cheetah as a symbol of survival and sustainability to teach young people how to overcome challenges and to be catalysts in their communities for the preservation of natural resources and the improvement of their own lives. This project has touched the lives of over 100 000 learners since its start.

In 2010 CHEETA was registered as a Section 18A Non Profit Organisation and works extensively in underprivileged communities.

CHEETA offers the following programmes: cheetah challenge (Outreach), corporate & school visits, tours at the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre and school holiday programmes.

Have our education team visit your school or organisation

CHEETA offers a Cheetah Presentation with a cheetah ambassador, or a wild dog and vulture presentation accompanied by an Egyptian Vulture and Anatolian.

Because many communities are not well exposed to domestic animals, CHEETA also offers an outreach programme in impoverished communities to help better the understanding of how to look after and love domestic animals. Our lovely Anatolian dog ambassador accompanies our education team with the domestic animal presentation.


Holiday Programme

We have developed a two day, fun filled, educational and environmentally focused programme aimed at school children from the ages of 8 to 15.

They'll spend 2 days learning about:

  • Saving the planet
  • Understanding and tracking cheetahs
  • Documenting and casting spoor
  • Attracting and identifying insects
  • Differentiating alien from indigenous vegetation
  • Turning waste into crafts
  • Making paper from recycled paper and other material

Please note:

  • This is either a residential programme for two night in a tented camp or non-residential
  • Book early as space is limited
  • A maximum of 20 children can be accommodated per programme
  • Weekend programmes can be arranged for scouts, Voortrekkers or school leadership groups.

For bookings please email  education@dewildt.co.za


Visits to the Centre

You can choose from the following options and make your experience at the centre customized according to your focus area:

  • Walking tour – 1 ½ hours where learners will see and learn about cheetahs, wild dogs, caracal, African wild cat and various vulture species
  • Educational presentation on one of the following topics; Tracks and signs of the wild, RRR, Wild dogs and Vultures, Endangered Endemics of SA, the small 5 (Approximately 30 min)
  • Crafts for our planet; Learners can make recycled paper, customized earrings, spoor casts of wild life on the farm and much more (approximately 1 hour)
  • Education games – learners explore the life of a cheetah and learn about our ecosystems through a session on our “prey-ground”

Learners can pre-book a lunch pack, and can visit our curio shop after the tour.

For bookings please email  education@dewildt.co.za