CCF’s new Visitor Centre is now officially open! We received our first visitors in the reception area inside the Cheetah Gift Shop on Saturday, May 30. We anticipate that because this is our 25th anniversary, we will have more than the usual number of visitors to CCF, so we are very excited about having the new facility ready in time. Beautiful new signage highlighting CCF’s conservation activities have been hung, which were made possible by a grant from the Museum Association of Namibia.
Our new Visitor Centre is larger, more modern and constructed with materials that make it much less vulnerable to fire than its predecessor. In addition to the main reception area, it also houses the Cheetah Gift Shop, Cheetah Café, the First National Bank Conference Room, staff offices, classrooms, and a curing room for hard cheeses produced at the Dancing Goat Creamery. In the next few weeks, the CCF Applied Biosystems Genetics Laboratory will also move into its new area within the new Visitor Centre complex. The Cheetah Café is also now open to the public, thanks in large part to a donation by the Pupkewitz Foundation that helped replace all of the kitchen items destroyed in the fire, including the refrigerator and freezer, pots, pans, dishes and cutlery. The theme of the new café is farm-to-fork cuisine, with a menu offering homegrown items, CCF’s goat milk products including cheese platters, and homemade ice cream, and reflecting the ethos of our model farm, which supports sustainability and responsible, wildlife-friendly farming techniques.