Saving the Cheetah
One run at a time



Cape Cheetah was established in 2001 after Damian Vergnaud, owner of Inverdoorn Game Reserve, rescued an abandoned cheetah.
He rehabilitated the cheetah, inspiring him to start the centre on site which would help even more cheetahs.


The centre is open to cheetah interactions, tracking sessions and daily runs, allowing you to experience the cheetah as never before. Once the cheetah enters your heart, it will stay there forever.


We work with a dedicated and passionate team in the Western Cape to promote cheetah conservation in South Africa, and across the world. By raising awareness about the cheetah’s plight, we hope to save the cheetah one run at a time.


We strive to rescue, rehabilitate and release cheetahs into the wild. Our breeding programs have been developed in an effort to increase the cheetah population, as well as genetic diversity.

Our Mission


From up close to something wild, cheetah encounters are possible in ways you have never experienced before.



Specialised breeding programs have been developed, aimed at increasing genetic diversity.


Cheetah Runs

Watch the fastest living land animal in the world reach incredible speeds during daily cheetah runs, outmatching the acceleration of every sport’s car.


We rescue cheetahs for rehabilitation and hope to release as many as possible into the wild, so that the cheetahs can roam free as nature intended them to.


You can also make a difference! Join our network and share our mission with the rest of the world. Spread the word about the conservation of the cheetah.

We Need You

Join us in our mission! We need you! Volunteer at the centre, aiding cheetah conservation and making memories that will last a lifetime.



Damian Vergnaud


With his passion for wild animals, Damian brought his goal of saving cheetahs to life by founding the centre after he rescued an abandoned cub.

Leah Brousse

Main Cheetah Handler

The centre’s main cheetah handler, Leah has always dreamt of working with cheetahs, moving to South Africa from Germany to fulfill her dream.

Annami Grabe

Cheetah Handler

Local girl Annami started at Cape Cheetah before being offered a full time position as a cheetah handler.

Martial Viot


Working behind the scenes, Martial manages the centre’s online portfolio so that the aims of Cape Cheetah can be shared worldwide.


Capecheetah delivers an amazing work whith these endangered cats.

Kevin Smith, Guest - France


If you have a project you would like to discuss,
get in touch with us.

We want to hear from you! Contact us at Cape Cheetah with any questions, queries or suggestions you may have.

19 Regent Road
Sea Point / Cape Town
South Africa

+27 (0) 21 434 4639

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