Becky Johnston

Cheetah Keeper and Studbook Assistant

(2016-present) Becky was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. She attended the University of Calgary, earning a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Ecology. While at University, she worked for three years with Dr. Sean Rogers and Dr. Ella Bowles, as a caretaker for Alaskan three-spine stickleback fish, which sparked her interest in animal husbandry and caretaking. Her other passion is music, and she was part of the marching band community in Calgary for ten years, travelling the world and competing with the Calgary Round-up Band, Calgary Stetson Showband, and Calgary Stampede Showband. She always knew that she wanted to work with animals (preferably furry rather than scaly or slimy), and after graduating, was looking for possible internships to gain experience in the field of ecology and husbandry. It was always her dream to come to Africa and work with cheetahs, so she jumped at the chance to do an internship with CCF when given the opportunity.

Becky started as an intern in January 2016, and was hired on as a full-time staff member in August 2016. Becky works primarily with the cheetahs as an assistant keeper, but also has experience working with the dogs, goats, sheep and horses that live on site. When not working with the cats, she can be found at her computer working as the assistant studbook keeper for International Cheetah Studbook – keeping track of all the captive cheetahs in all the facilities around the world.