My name is Nasia and I am hoping to raise £5000 for my internship at Cheetah Experience in Bloemfentein, South Africa as a part of my placement year for university.
Cheetah Experience was started by Riana Van Niewwenhuizen with a single cheetah, called Fiela. Now it is a beautiful sanctuary that houses not only rescued cheetahs, but lions, wolves, leopards, caracals, servals, a tiger called Fushan and other rescued animals. Not only does Cheetah Experience look after all these animals, they also have a breeding project for cheetahs, servals and leopards. This breeding project is funded by the non-profit organisation, also started by Riana, Fiela Funds Cheetah Breeding Project. However as with all organisations that look after animals, they rely on donations and funding from offering internships and volunteer placements.
This internship at Cheetah Experience means a lot to me as it's exactly what I want to do in the future, with the animals I've always loved and had a passion for. I'm hoping to go over in either November 2017 or February 2018 for 6 months. Unfortunately being a student means that I can't magic up the money needed for the internship, hence why I've come here to try and get some help.
The internship for 6 months costs R80,000 (or £4,506.52), this includes accommodation, food and uniform. I'd love to get £5000 so that I can give the rest of the money as a donation towards the Fiela Funds Cheetah Breeding Project and buy some extra treats and equipment for them.
Whilst there I'll help with the every day care of their animals, providing enrichment and looking after rescued or orphaned animals. The experience I'll get there is priceless and I can't stress enough how much I'd love to go.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, I hope you donate but please check out Cheetah Experience anyways. It's an amazing place that are doing such an incredible job.
Here are some videos from Cheetah Experience detailing a bit more about what it is they do and the volunteer program available:
https://youtu.be/6ylrJC9QOl8 - The Cheetah Experience
https://youtu.be/YXbdaiVg9Es - Volunteering at Cheetah Experience
https://youtu.be/hXmpxki_Peo - Life Changing Moment with Lions
https://youtu.be/ePA0nv6TSaU - Sleeping With a Cheetah