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


Kimberlee Selby

Pietermaritzburg, Kwazulu-Natal

Financial 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.


Danielle Haupt

Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

Co-Founder, Managerial Director

“I am a BSc biology student in Port Elizabeth. I have a passion for animals and have 2 Senegal Parrots named Tango and Foxy, as well as two adopted cockatiel named Dustin and Pickachu (along with many other pets such as chinchillas). 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.”


Nicola Roos

Durbanville, Western Cape

Co-Founder, Managerial 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

Legal Director

“I am a COAPE behaviourist as well as a practicing 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 has been in my family for two decades.”



Northcliff, Gauteng


“‘You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who cannot repay you.’ -John Bunyan
I have always loved animals and have a keen interest in the education of the public and wellbeing of  all animals. I do not have any birds of my own but am here to make a difference.  


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.


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.”


Mieke Steyn

Pretoria, Gauteng

Team Member: 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.


Marianka Thomas

Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape

Team Member: Adoptions, Social Media

“I joined Cheeky Beaks because Parrots that are supposed to be in the wild are sold for our pleasure and kept as pets in cages, but sometimes owners are ignorant about their food types, their lifestyle, their needs and basic care . So many of these birds have had hard times behind them, and with my time as a foster and member I could see how a bird changes and what love, patience and attention do to a parrot’s trust. A parrot learns words that YOU say, but he can’t tell you how he feels, that’s why I’m part of Cheeky Beaks, I’m their voice and offer care for those who had a bumpy start to life. Who is Marianka…. The crazy bird lady…. I am a wife, I am a mother of 6 children, as well as 6 birds of my own. From a young age I picked up and cared for injured wild birds, my love for parrots began when I walked into the petshop one day and there was an AG lying aside because he had restricted toe syndrome, we offered him a home and today 6 years later and Peanut is the point of my heart. Rehabilitating and transforming parrots is food for my soul. Its my feel good medicine, this is my goal, to have every feather baby offered the best, no matter their past”

Michaela Moreira-Rufo

Vaal, Gauteng

Team Member : Adoptions, Social Media, Rehabilitation

“I’ve always had massive passion and drive for animal welfare.
I’ve always  thought that its our job to be the voice for the voiceless. I’ve joined Cheeky Beaks to be that voice for innocent birdies. I’m also a law student with a passion for justice, which is something I strive to bring to every single animal, four pawed and feathered. “

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 a male Eclectus parrots, Tommy,  that I adopted from Cheeky Beaks. 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. 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.”


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!”


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.”

Georgia Gifford

Upper Highway, Kwazulu-Natal

Team Member:  Social Media

20-something bird and rat mom & vet clinic receptionist 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.

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.”