The 50 Fund
Friends of the Ranch,
A year of trials has tested us like never before... and although the battle is ongoing, and our spirit sometimes gets weary, we recognize and acknowledge our privilege in knowing our purpose, and we are reminded of it daily in the glorious eyes of our dependants.
And what a year it has been...
30 January 2020 – The World Health Organisation declares a Public Health Emergency of International Concern
15 February 2020 – Onsite tourism numbers decline
11 March 2020 – The World Health Organisation declares it a global pandemic
15 March 2020 – President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa declares National State of Disaster
23 March 2020 – National lockdown is announced, and we assist our dozen volunteers to return to their home countries
27 March 2020 – National lockdown is implemented, and Cango Wildlife Ranch closes its doors. For the first time in history with the exception of sporadic closures due to flash flooding many years before.
28 March 2020 – We get local approval to certify select employees as emergency staff to look after our animals daily
1 May 2020 – Gradual easing of national lockdown is announced
15 July 2020 – It is announced that restaurants can operate under strict regulations, we opened our restaurant
7 August 2020 – As a zoological facility, we are allowed to open, with guided tours under strict regulations
10 August 2020 – We adapt our entire business model to cater for locals only at very low prices
For 3 months we aggressively promote our facility for the December holiday season to recoup lost revenue while local visitors trickled in
14 December 2020 - The Garden Route is declared a COVID hotspot, beaches are closed and visitor numbers drastically decline
22 December 2020 – Several countries restrict travel to and from South Africa due to new variant
Currently – Borders are open but we remain on multiple red-lists as a country not recommended for International Travellers
Monthly overheads fluctuate between R1.8 to R2.2 million per month
6 months of no revenue
9 months of poor business and little income
12 months of cost-cutting, fundraising and innovative business management
May 2021 – It feels like we have exhausted all avenues
25 May 2021 – Launch the 50 FUND
As an organisation, we have done all that we can to keep our heads above water. The generosity and kindness of our supporters has been humbling and overwhelming. Never in a million years, did we envisage the year that has passed or that we would get through it. And although we are not unscathed, it does weigh heavily on our hearts to ask for anything more than what we have been blessed with. But here we are once more…
Launching the 50 FUND
Our goal is to generate donations that are affordable to everyone, everywhere. Just 50 units in the currency of your choice will go straight to caring for our beloved 3000+ animal family.
So why 50?
Well, the number 50 represents positive change and healing… and how we need this!!!
What can we do with 50? (Rand, for example)
50 - Feed 1 cheetah for 1 day
50 - Heat the Care Centre for 12 hours
50 - Feed 6 Meerkats for 1 day
50 - Animal Bedding for 4 porcupines for a week
50 - Feed 1 lemur for 1 day
50 - 2 watermelons for 2 pygmy hippos
50 - Buy a small heat-lamp bulb
50 - Enrichment for the lions for 3 days
50 - Feed 4 vultures for 1 day
50 - Give lorikeets supplements for 2 feeds
The point is, a little truly does go a long way. Please consider helping us today.
In closing, we just want to say a very big thank you to everyone who has been so kind to us over this past year. To say it has been challenging is quite the understatement. But our animal keep us motivated, as do you. Every message of hope, email of encouragement, donation whether monetary/goods/services has fed the heart, soul and spirit of every dedicated staff member on our team and in turn our animal family. We endeavour to pay the kindness forward and we thank you all for it.
Account Name: The Cheetah Preservation Foundation
Bank Name: Absa Bank
Account Number: 409 1568 467
Branch Code/ Routing: 632005
Branch Name: George, South Africa
Swift/IBAN Code: ABSAZAJJ
The Cheetah Preservation Foundation
& Cango Wildlife Ranch