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Woman lives with cheetahs, lion, wolves

2009-04-03 08:16:59 GMT2009-04-03 16:16:59 (Beijing Time)  China Daily

South African cat keeper Riana Van Nieuwenhuizen sits with Bibi. Riana lives with four cheetahs, a lion cub and two wolves. Riana van Nieuwenhuizen bought her first cheetah, Fiela, in 2006, after realizing the problems cheetahs face and that they're heading towards extinction. In November 2007 she launched the Fiela Funds Cheetah Breeding Project with a hectare of land provided by Emoya Estate located in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Visitors on game drives at Emoya have the opportunity to meet Fi

Cheetah Fiela waits for her supper of raw chicken pieces. [CFP]

Cat keeper Riana lies in bed with her cheetahs and dogs. [CFP]

Cloey the dog plays with her friend Mafusa the cheetah. [CFP]

Cat keeper Riana's nephew Riaan Viljoen, 19, sits with feila the cheetah. [CFP]

South African cat keeper Riana Van Nieuwenhuizen lives with four cheetahs, a lion cub and two wolves.

Riana van Nieuwenhuizen bought her first cheetah, Fiela, in 2006, after realizing the problems cheetahs face and that they're heading towards extinction.

In November 2007 she launched the Fiela Funds Cheetah Breeding Project with a hectare of land provided by Emoya Estate located in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

Visitors on game drives at Emoya have the opportunity to meet Fiela and learn more about this endangered species.

[CFP]

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