Our Team

Cheeky Beaks Representatives

Cheeky Beaks Rescue is a nationwide organisation. Even though we currently only have official representatives in four of our country’s nine provinces, we are able to assist with parrots in need anywhere in South Africa. 

The following people are the only official representatives of Cheeky Beaks Rescue. 

These amazing individuals are always happy to assist you in surrendering or adopting a bird. We are happy to collaborate with individuals who rescue and re-home parrots.

Please note that no one besides the team members and directors listed here may speak on behalf of our organisation.

Meet The Team

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Kimberlee Selby

Pietermaritzburg, Kwazulu-Natal

Director

“I am just a country girl trapped in the city. I have a deep love for all things bird-related and my main interest is our wild South African parrots, namely our endemic Cape Parrot. I am currently working on a project to reintroduce their staple tree, the Falcatus Yellowwood, back into their native forests. I believe all birds should be free and in the wild. I am also the owner of a small business (New Leaf Collars) supplying handmade anti-plucking collars and jerseys to the South African parrot community. I work with each and every client to discuss their unique case and see if we can come up with solutions together that go beyond the collars.

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Danielle Haupt

Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

Director

“I am a biology student in Port Elizabeth. I have a passion for animals and have 2 Senegal Parrots named Tango and Foxy, as well as a cockatiel named Dustin (along with many other pets such as chinchillas, a rabbit, dog, and cat). My interest in animal welfare began when I started a YouTube channel to educate people on topics relating to the care of exotic pets. It’s so fulfilling to be a part of the Cheeky Beaks team and helping parrots across the country. It is very rewarding when we rehome a bird to a loving forever home and see the excitement and joy the birds and the humans bring to one another’s lives.”

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Nicola Roos

Durbanville, Western Cape

Director

“I am a full-time sculptor and also volunteer at various other local animal welfare organisations. I became a part of the founding team of Cheeky Beaks when realised the need for a rescue and re-homing network: my Blue-Fronted Amazon, Percy (pictured), was offered up as ‘free to a good home’ on social media in 2019 and there were no structures in place to ensure that parrots in situations like these had a chance of truly finding a good home, so we stepped up to fill that void. I have a particular interest in the rehabilitation of special needs and ex-breeder birds across South Africa.” 

Lizelle Britz-Chapman

Kempton Park, Gauteng

Director / Legal Adviser

“I am a COAPE behaviourist as well as an attorney. I have always been fascinated with parrot behaviour and I am currently completing my diploma in Parrot Behaviour.
I decided to join Cheeky Beaks to educate owners on the welfare and well-being of parrots, as well as educate on the love and companionship they have to give. I have an adopted African Grey of my own named George, who is 18 years young.”

Abigail Strachan

Germiston, Gauteng

Manager

“Proud slave to quite a number of parrots and a small zoo. It’s always been a goal of mine to work in wildlife rehabilitation, having been involved in many rescues over the years, birds seem to be the next logical challenge and step towards my long-term goal. In a chaotic, often ugly world, my birds bring me calm. I believe in Peace, Love, Unity and Respect for all. So thrilled to have joined this incredible organisation!”

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Abigail McDuling

Strand, Western Cape

 Manager

“I’m 24 years old and my passion for animals started at a very young age. When I was a child, I had two cockatiels and they were my pride and joy. As I got older, I developed a love for all kinds of animals: four-legged, two-legged and legless! When I left high school, I started studying Animal Health and still currently am, while working full-time. Around a year and a half ago, I became interested in parrots as companion animals and since then I’ve been doing research ’til it flows out my ears (I think it’s an addiction). I currently own three of my own parrots: a Blue and Gold Macaw, an Eclectus and a Maximillian Pionus. To join Cheeky Beaks Rescue has been an honour; to carry on my passion for parrots and to help others with theirs is all a bird-lover needs.” 

 

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Radhiyyah Haffejee

Linden, Gauteng

Team Member: Adoptions, Rehabilitation, Social Media, Fundraising & Marketing

“I am a Civil Engineering student in Johannesburg. I have a huge love for animals since I was a child. I have my forever best friend, Safwaan, a Congo African Grey, whom I spent most of my life with. I love him immensely and he is the apple of my eye. I’ve always wanted to help birds and make their lives better. Joining Cheeky Beaks as a foster was the best decision I’ve ever made. Seeing my foster babies find their forever home, and seeing the love they share with their new human makes my heart do little backflips. I’m so grateful to be part of the Cheeky Beaks Team, and I look forward to helping as many feathery babies as possible.”

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Caitlind Lendrum

Northcliff, Gauteng

Team Member: PR & Correspondence, Rehabilitation, Adoptions

“‘You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who cannot repay you.’ -John Bunyan
I have always loved animals but I have an especially big love for birds and have a vast interest in the rehabilitation of birds and the education around parrot care and wellbeing. I have worked with a few rescue organisations and currently have a small zoo growing apart from birds I have bunnies, cats, and dogs and even a husband; my family is not surprised anymore when they see a new animal in my home. I am excited to be part of the Cheeky Beaks team!”

Adeline Snowdowne

Benoni, Gauteng

Team Member: Admin, PR & Correspondence and Fundraising & Marketing 

“I’m a BScAgric Animal Science Masters student at the University of Pretoria. I pride myself in my own little zoo which includes two cockatiels. I believe that we as humans have a responsibility towards animals regarding their care and livelihoods. Cheeky Beaks is a wonderful organisation advocating for the parrots of South Africa and I’m proud to have the opportunity to be a part of it!”

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Mieke Steyn

Pretoria, Gauteng

Team Member: Fundraising & Marketing, Social Media

I am a social media consultant – social media posts, graphic design, video editing, etc. – by trade and absolutely ADORE birds (And mountain biking).

When I’m not working and when I’m done cycling, the best way to wind down is to just spend time with my fluffy and feathered family. I have a little zoo consisting of a dog, and twelve parrots; including Budgies, Cockatiels, an Illiger’s Macaw, and a Ducorps Cockatoo. They are the coolest and loudest kids ever and I am blessed to have them in my life.

I am thankful to be part of this amazing Team and am excited to see what the future holds for us.

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Danielle Miles

Randburg, Gauteng

Team Member: PR & Correspondence, Rehabilitation, Adoptions

“There has never been a time in my life where our household was free of animals. We currently are servants to 8 of our own parrots, 2 foster parrots as well as the rest of the Miles Menagerie. I have a particular weakness for Eclectus parrots and Conures. I am a business consultant in the automotive industry to pay the bills; however, I do hold a BSc degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology. I look forward to making a difference in this country’s birds’ lives together with the rest of the Cheeky Beaks Team Members.”

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Andrea Van Der Ness

 Krugersdorp, Gauteng

Team Member: Adoptions, Fundraising & Marketing, Legal, Social Media

“My love for all animals were instilled at a very young age. I am a professional make-up artist and stylist. My motto has always been beauty without cruelty. My inspiration for design comes from nature and all its weird, wonderful elements. My love for parrots came when I met my fiance and his African Grey, Zazu. I am especially passionate about the smaller birds and parrot species and have a pet peeve for those who refer to them as ‘beginner birds.’ Currently I am exploring the fascinating world of law to help those who cannot help themselves. I hope that one day I will be the difference I would like to see in the world.

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Caitlin Brandsma

Honeydew, Gauteng

Team Member: Adoptions, Rehabilitation, Fundraising & Marketing

“Being an animal lover, I’ve always tried to get involved with NPOs – and when I got the opportunity to join the Cheeky Beaks team, I was ecstatic! I grew up with African Greys and I enjoy working with them the most, even though they aren’t always the easiest, because their intelligence just blows me away. My adopted birds bring me so much joy, especially when you hear some of the stuff they learnt to say at their previous homes.”
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Chanelle Dorfling

Benoni, Gauteng

Team Member: Adoptions, Education

“I’m a draughtswoman by day and a parrot mommy by night. I got my love for parrots after I lost my best friend (a hedgehog) and was still crying months after he has gone, my boyfriend then said I need a pet that will out live me….. ‘like a tortoise’ he said. I just looked at him as we have a few already. He gave me the details of Brainy Birds and they introduced me to Cheeky Beaks. I have a weakness for African Grey parrots, but do love all animals in general….. one has to with having a little zoo in your back garden. I use to be involved at a hedgehog rescue for a few years but I stepped down after my 3 crossed the hedgie Rainbow Bridge. In my spare time, I keep myself busy with Diamond Dot Painting or baking…. and obviously, my adopted Grey normally helps. I’m so excited to be a Cheeky Beaks team member and hope to make a difference – and also learn from others.”
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Lara Steyn

Pretoria, Free State

Team Member: Adoptions, Social Media

I am currently studying Education and have plans to study a few more things for quite some time. I have loved animals for as long as I can remember – they are just the best. I have a disabled 2-year-old Blue and Gold Macaw called Rachel; a Budgie called Phoebe; Diesel, the Great Dane; and a “Limo” called Minkie (Yes, I know it’s a Dachshund). I developed a love for birds at a young age after my sister introduced me to the fascinating world of parrots. It is a privilege to be part of this team and to have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of parrots amd their parronts all over South Africa.”

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Dominique Nelson

Bethlehem, Free State

Team Member: Adoptions, Education & Training

I’m a  farm girl trapped in the small town life. I’ve been in love with animals since I was very young. I’ve had the privilege of helping all sorts of animals from calves, goats, chicks, dogs to cats and everything in between. After meeting Sandy, a rescue Congo African Grey we adopted into our family in 2018, I fell head over heels for our feathered friends and that motivated me to become part of Cheeky Beaks in order to help as many of them as possible. Once you have fallen for them, there is no turning back!”

 

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Albertus ("AB") Coetzee

Bethlehem, Free State

Team Member: Rehabilitation

“Hey there! My name is Ab Coetzee. I’m a Medical Orthotist & Prosthetist specialising in prosthetics. In my free time I created an organisation called Project Wild. Project Wild assists various sanctuaries/rescue centres with their wildlife rehabilitation and also builds wildlife prosthetics for animals and wildlife in need –  from prosthetic wings for eagles to prosthetic limbs for rhinos. I’m also doing a lot of community work (hence my involvement with Cheeky Beaks), where I strive to help a different kind of species that people in this field might usually overlook.”

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Klaas Kingma (They/Them)

Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

Team Member: Adoptions, Rehabilitation, PR & Correspondence, Education & Training, Fundraising & Marketing, Social Media

“I’m currently studying a Bachelors Degree in Intermediate Phase Teaching at Varsity College in Port Elizabeth. I originally applied to adopt Basil and Pesto the budgies in PE and then from there my flock has expanded to include two cockatiels and I’ve since also fostered many different species from Budgies, to Eclectus, to Cockatoos. I am very passionate about educating people about proper parrot care and am known to even educate people in my day-to-day life. Anyone who is interested in improving their care, is more than welcome to contact me for some tips.”

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Shahistha Krishnapersadh

Secunda, Mpumalanga

 Team Member: Adoptions 

“My name is Shy. I have 8 parrots and with that I have learned so much. 2 x African Greys, 1 x Goffin Cockatoo, 2 x Blue and Gold Macaws, 1 Blue-Fronted Amazon, 1 x Sun Conure and 1 x Hans Macaw. My heart’s calling is to rescue animals in general – with God’s grace, we have rescued many and plan to keep going. I have a great community here in Secunda and what we do cannot be done without these people. Looking forward to getting to know this amazing team and saving more birds.”

 

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Ulrika Enslin

Middelburg, Mpumalanga

Team Member: Adoptions, Rehabilitation

“I am a proud owner of 3 adorable birds. I fell in love with birds when I got my first cockatiel, Albert, and then 2 budgies followed. It has been my personal mission to inform people more about the care of birds, because I too made mistakes when I first started. It is an absolute honour to be part of the Cheeky Beaks team, as it was my dream to become part of their team since the day I discovered this organisation on Facebook!” 

 

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Monique Calitz

Hartebeespoort, North West

Team Member: Adoptions, PR & Correspondence

“I am a working mother of 2 girls. I have a crazy love for animals especially birds. I have 2 male Eclectus parrots, Tommy and Hulk (I adopted Tommy from Cheeky Beaks in 2021). I love doing research on all birds and I would love to study towards becoming an avian vet one day. I became interested in helping parrots early 2020 after I got Hulk. I found Cheeky Beaks Parrot Rescue on Facebook and was never aware that parrot rescues existed. I love the idea of being able to help birds in any way possible.”

Erin Yeatman

Durban, Kwazulu-Natal

Team Member: Adoptions, Rehabilitation, Education & Training, Correspondence & PR

“I am a professional mermaid and fire dancer. I have always had a passion for animals, especially rescues in need of rehabilitation and training. I am the proud bird mom of a 14-year-old Galah cockatoo named Buzz. Rescuing my bird opened my eyes to the need for consistency and education in parrot care. After discovering Cheeky Beaks and reading their ethos I knew I wanted to be a part of this fantastic team and help grow their reach to KZN.”

Georgia Gifford

Upper Highway, Kwazulu-Natal

Team Member: Admin, Correspondence & PR, Social Media, Fundraising & Marketing

23-year-old bird and rat mom with a degree in English and Psychology. Currently working towards diplomas in avian, canine and feline nutrition and behaviour.

My passion has forever been with animals and birds just have my heart. My family have always said I have a way of picking the waifs and strays that need that extra little bit of loving.

The dream is to live a self-sufficient lifestyle on a little homestead and livestock sanctuary in the middle of nowhere. As humans, it is our duty to care for and respect the creatures we share this world with and organisations like Cheeky Beaks help give a voice to our feathered friends.

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Bianca Pretorius

Stellenbosch, Western Cape

Team Member: Adoptions, Education & Training, Rehabilitation, Admin

“I have volunteered and worked at many different sanctuaries and educational centres in recent years. I have helped train various parrots while they where in the care of Eagle Encounters and Cheeky Beaks. I volunteer at Eagle Encounters and at Cheetah Outreach at the moment. I have trained my African Red-bellied Parrot and adopted Sun Conure for outdoor free flight under the guidance of a professional trainer. I have done a lot of research on parrot behaviour and nutrition and I have completed courses on parrot nutrition and hormonal behaviour, as well as how to combat that through training and lifestyle changes.” 

Marzanne Van Der Merwe

Gordon’s Bay, Western Cape

Team Member: Adoptions, Education & Training, Fundraising & Marketing, Admin

“If I could, I would probably adopt all rescue animals myself, but even though I have a full house at the moment, somewhere I can always make a little more space for birds! My journey with Cheeky Beaks began when I adopted a previously neglected Sun Conure named Raji. We have grown so much together and I want to teach people how amazing this journey with birds can be! My motto is: May my heart always be open to little birds who are the secrets of living.
– E.E. Cummings.”

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Giselle Diemer

Durbanville, Western Cape

Team Member: Adoptions, Rehabilitation, Admin, Education & Training

“Birds have been a huge part of my life since I was young. When I was 10 years old I made the huge commitment of owning an African grey. Peedee has now been in my life for 18 years and it is no surprise my life revolves around him! I have always wanted to get involved in bird rescue and rehabilitation so I am so excited to be a part of Cheeky Beaks and meet all the Greys (wink wink). I am completing my Masters Degree in Biotechnology and would love to further my education in the field of ornithology. 

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Mart-Mari Nieuwoudt

George, Western Cape

Team Member: Adoptions, Rehabilitation, Social Media

“My love for animals started from a very young age and continued to grow, so much so that I considered taking on a career in wildlife. In high school, however, I showed an interest in the movie industry. I wasn’t sure if I’d be successful in wildlife, so I changed my course in 2015. Fast forward 6 years, I now work as a 3D artist. My dream was to work on a feature film, which I did! But I still felt empty, like something was missing. I wanted to help animals, that was my whole thing from the start, and so I ended up with 2 wonderful Senegals. I still felt somewhat empty, as if I wasn’t doing enough; I wanted to do more, help more. I came across Cheeky Beaks Parrot Rescue one day while researching how to properly care for parrots. After a few weeks, I became a foster. I cannot describe what an amazing journey this has been so far, and how much I’ve already learned. I’m so honoured to be part of this incredible team!”

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Marianka Meiring

Table View, Western Cape

Team Member: Adoptions, Education & Training

“I have a small business making parrot toys and accessories called Toys By Cockatoo Jewel, named after my first parrot (a Citron-crested cockatoo) that I inherited from my parents when they had to move overseas for an extended period of time for business purposes. Since then my partner and I have also adopted Chloe, a 40+-year-old Citron-crested cockatoo, that had been badly neglected and abused in her past. Our journey with her has taught me so much about working with highly traumatised and aggressive parrots, especially those with feather destructive behaviour and disabilities. We then proceeded to adopt our third parrot, an Umbrella cockatoo named Marcel, from Cheeky Beaks – he has brought so much fulfilment to our lives and completed our little animal madhouse.” 

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Fern Bamber

Observatory, Western Cape

Team Member: Adoptions, Rehabilitation, PR & Correspondence

“I’ve always loved birds, parrots in particular, and feel very strongly about their proper care. I’m a a journalism hons graduate and currently work as a copywriter in Cape Town. I don’t have any parrots of my own at this stage as I am unsure where my future will be leading me, but I am a passionate foster for Cheeky Beaks and I am excited about the opportunity to be able to play a bigger part in the lives of rescues.”

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Amadea Knoetze

Paarl, Western Cape

Team Member: Adoptions

“I’m 38 years old and since I can remember I have loved animals and always surrounded my self with them weather it’s was bugs, reptiles, avians or mammals and always bringing strays home. Both my parents were also animal lovers but I think I got the Avian gene from my mom. I work for an Accountanting company and I am blessed to be able to work from home and have my numpies with my all the time. I currently own four of my own parrots: a blue and a green Ringneck, an Eclectus and a Hahns Macaw. To join Cheeky Beaks Rescue has been an honor and I am here to help those in need.”
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Sonja Heath

Bergvliet, Western Cape

Adoptions, Rehabilitation, Education & Training

“I am so proud to be part of this awesome Cheeky Beaks team! I’ve been a stay-at-home mom since the beginning of 2021 and thought that while I am at home, I could assist with the fostering and rehabbing of birds. I did not think that I would enjoy each challenge as I have and that it has become part of my life so easily. These beautiful creatures have taught me so much; I thoroughly enjoy the challenge of transitioning them onto a healthy diet and watching their little personalities blossom once they are healthy and comfortable in their environment. They are amazing!”

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Kristel van Heerden

George, Western Cape

Team Member: Adoptions, Rehabilitation & Social Media

“I am a full-time mom of many (human kids, fur kids and feather kids). I won’t change this for anything. I never really knew I loved birds until I got my own. With the help of my best friend and doing constant research, I have learned a lot: from hand-rearing baby chick to helping a bird in need. I can’t thank her enough for introducing me to this incredible, rewarding life. I absolutely LOVE what I do. One day, I will own a farm and then I will take in all the animals in need. But until then, I will help those who can’t help themselves.”

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Madelein Kottnitz

Brackenfell, Western Cape

Team Member: Adoptions, Rehabilitation & Education

I have been working in the property sector since leaving school. Mother of 3 human children and quite a few four-legged and feather babies.

My love for animals started from early childhood. I can’t remember a time when we didn’t have animals growing up and this love has just continued to grow.
I always wanted to be a Vet growing up. Life took me into another direction as it most always does. Since joining the Cheeky Beaks network as a foster earlier this year and now as an official representative, I feel that I am making that difference I always wanted – one bird at a time.