The Preece Family
The Preece family are Cheetah Experience’s biggest sponsor. They have undertaken a lifelong adoption of our cheetah Gabriel. They also funded part of Riana’s chemotherapy treatment.
They also donated the following to us after the brutal murder of Chris Preece, a keen conservationist and a man with a very good heart:
- A Fiat tractor
- An attaching weed cutter
- An automatic Isuzu bakkie
- A trailer
- 4 bunk beds and ladders
- 2 sleeper couches
- 2 bedside lockers and headboard
- A cylinder vacuum cleaner
- Wooden pallets
- Feed bins
- A branch shredder
- A large solar cooker
- A solar heater
- A welding set
- Construction stand lights
- Drain rods
- A tri-truck trolley
- A high-pressure washer
- A precision drill stand
- Shade cloths
- Tubs of nails and screws
- A wooden chest
- Tins of paint
Kenneth von Rausch
Cheetah Experience would like to say a very special thank you to the friends and family of Simon Alexander. Simon recently passed away and to honor his memory and his love and fascination for animals his family decided to invite his friends/family to donate to Cheetah Experience in Simon’s name.
Simon may have left this world in body, but his essence will continue to circulate the Earth. Simon’s family have decided that charitable acts of kindness would be the best way to keep his spirit alive and to honour who he really was.
Although Simon had never himself visited Cheetah Experience his lifelong friend Gemma Jordan had volunteered in 2013, on return to Australia Simon had asked about her time and experience and enjoyed looking through photos and hearing all the different stories.
The donations received will go towards our new leopard enclosure for Shrek and Fiona, and as a way to honor Simon’s memory we will name the new enclosure “Simon’s Sanctuary”
Carina’s grandfather purchased the land where Cheetah Experience now stands in 1933. He was a dairy farmer and raised his children on the land. Carina’s father also farmed the family land and used to plant crops in the fields where the lion and cheetah camps are now. The curio shop was originally a milking parlour and later converted into a tractor and agricultural repair workshop.
Carina grew up on the farm, and spent a lot of time with her father hunting and working on the land. As she grew older her love of nature meant that she soon wanted to catch wildlife on camera rather than hunting. Her love of wildlife photography grew with particular interest in wild cats. After school Carina qualified as a photographer and wanted to follow her dreams of helping with conservation.
In 2004 the family farm was sold, Carina met her husband and they soon had a little boy, and her dreams were left behind, for a while..
In 2013, Carina was in the area and wanted to see what had become of the farm she grew up on and was overjoyed to see that it had become Cheetah Experience. She was so happy that her family farm had become something so close to her heart. The passion for conservation and wild cats was rekindled, and Carina tries to be as much a part of Cheetah Experience as time allows.
Since becoming involved with Cheetah Experience Carina and her family have adopted several of our special cats and love to come and visit them, they also donate straw for our animals bedding, as well as assisting in any fundraising ventures we have.
Living a dream, one step at a time
Kenneth von Rausch
Read his story on our Blog, click here…
Corporate employment has its moments – good and bad.
But it doesn’t permit much opportunity to give – simply and without expectation of something in return.
It was June 2008 and my girlfriend, Joanne, and I had just finished a 1 year trip through Africa in a Landrover. To be frank, we felt like walking ATMs.