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Cheetah Keeper, Becky Johnston, visits Alberta School

  • by Cheetah Conservation Fund Canada June 7, 2021
Cheetah Keeper, Becky Johnston, visits Alberta School

Late last December, the young students of Edmonton’s Hillcrest Public School spent an hour in a virtual class with Becky Johnston, Cheetah Conservation Fund’s (CCF) Cheetah Keeper and Cheetah Studbook Assistant.

Becky, originally from Alberta, explained how her own education and career choices brought her to Cheetah Conservation Fund.

Her talk covered many aspects of cheetah care, including feeding, vet care, animal husbandry and a close look at how CCF makes sure the cheetahs are well exercised through chasing the lure.

Cheetah chasing the lure at CCF

Becky talked about her experience with the livestock guarding dogs at CCF after she first arrived there in 2016. Now that she is a cheetah keeper, she knows all the cheetahs at CCF very well, and explained how each cheetah has his or her own personality.

The students at Hillcrest loved learning more about cheetahs. Our thanks to Anna Kabat, a supporter of Cheetah Conservation Fund Canada, and the teacher of this class who made this event possible.

Hillcrest School

Here’s a  Cheetah TV YouTube video  featuring Brian Badger, CCF’s Director of Conservation and Outreach, and Becky Johnston providing more detail about what’s involved in looking after the captive cheetahs at the centre in Namibia.

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