Flagstone is very proud to sponsor the Cheetah Outreach Trust in South Africa. Part of the proceeds from every bottle of Flagstone Cheetah Reserve Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon sold is donated to this worthy cause. This money helps to fund Cheetah conservation and a number of other supporting wildlife programmes, such as the Anatolian Shepherd Dog breeding project.
Cheetahs are an endangered species, and are mostly at risk due to diminishing natural habitats. The Cheetah Outreach Trust works to rehabilitate injured animals, and also to minimise the risk posed to Cheetahs as they find themselves living closer and closer to human communities. This is especially the case on farming land, where they are frequently targeted as they pose a threat to livestock.
In June 2012 the Cheetah Outreach Trust moved premises from Spier Wine Estate to their new home at Paardevlei, just opposite the winery.
At the new premises, visitors can view the cheetahs and a number of other small animals housed there. There are hourly guided tours and opportunities to get up close and personal with these magnificent big cats.
At present the Cheetah Outreach houses 9 adult cheetah and smaller animals like caracal, serval, bat-eared fox, black-backed jackal and meerkats. Also found at the facility are the Anatolian Shepherd Guard Dogs. The Outreach Trust run a breeding programme for these dogs and it forms an essential part of Cheetah conservation efforts on farmlands.
Anne Beckhelling, founder of Cheetah Outreach expressed her excitement and welcomed this new chapter in the Cheetah Outreach book. “While we are sad to leave Spier and have enjoyed a long and happy relationship there, our new home at Paardevlei offers us exciting prospects,” she says.