The fact that in 1971 cheetahs were an endangered species, and nobody was doing anything about it, prompted Ann van Dyk to started a cheetah center with the goal of breeding the large cats and educating native farmers in South Africa about their value.
At first, there were no books about how to raise cheetahs, so it was very much hit-and-miss. Today, few can match her numbers. She has bred 800 of the big cats, some of them tagged and released into the wild and others sent to zoos.
Find out how to visit the park at their website: www.dewildt.co.za
(READ the story w/ photos, from earlier this year, at the CS Monitor)