Meet Our Team
My name is Riaan, I am Riana's nephew and have loved visiting and helping at the project for many years.
Now I am really excited to be more involved, to learn how to care for the animals, and begin to help manage the farm to give Riana some time off.
It's great to be a part of such an amazing project, I can't wait for the future!
I am a vet nurse from New Zealand. I graduated in 2005 and have worked in NZ ever since. I first came to Cheetah Experience as an intern in 2018 and loved it so much that I came back in 2019 as the clinic vet nurse. I have a passion for wildlife and vet nursing so vet nursing here is the best of both worlds!
My favourite animal is Fiona because she is feisty but has a softer side when you get to know her.
Researcher and animal carer
Hi, I’m Luci. I have been working with animals/animal science sector for about 13 years now, i have always been passionate about animals and knew it was what I wanted to do. I completed my bachelor’s degree in environmental science and biology and am now studying my master’s online in Molecular Medicine. I first came to Cheetah Experience in February 2019 of which I instantly fell in love with the project and fell in love with the passion I saw in Riana, that made the project what it is today. I am thankful every day to have the opportunity to work at such an incredible place and be a part of the project.
Curio shop manager
I had a job. Actually I had more than one to keep myself afloat in a life that made it hard for me to survive in a real hectic world where a university degree means more than tons of experience, where being a 50 something woman is a burden for most companies, where people feel threatened if they suspect you know more about certain things then they do, so basically they won’t hire you and just say you are overqualified for the job. It makes no sense. It made me think... what makes me happy? What makes me actually feel alive and what about doing something that makes a difference? What makes me tick? I decided to leave it all. Left my rented apartment, quit my job, applied for a long-time volunteer visa in South Africa and hopped on a plane!…”
And here I am today, as a volunteer staff member at Cheetah Experience. You will find me in the curio shop and wherever needed.
Do I have a favourite animal here? Not really… each animal has its own personality, I have a different bond with each of them. From meerkat to lion, from cheetah to serval… they are all special and beautiful in their own way.