|Born||16 August 1968|
|Alma mater||University of Cape Town (Bachelor of Social Science, 1989)|
Early life and career
Anna Breytenbach was born on 16 August 1968 in Cape Town, South Africa to Barbara Breytenbach (née Finn) and Johannes Cloete Breytenbach. After having successfully studied Psychology, Marketing and Economics at the University of Cape Town she entered the corporate world. She had a career for 12 years in Human Resources and Information Technology, in both Australia and the USA. Since 2004 Anna Breytenbach has practised as a professional animal communicator. She currently lives in coastal South Africa and conducts safaris on animal communication in South Africa.
In her twenties she decided to pursue her passion for wildlife (big cats in particular) by becoming a cheetah handler at a conservation education project. On moving to America, she explored wolf and other predator conservation. She has also served on committees for wolf, snow leopard, cheetah and mountain lion conservation.
Observing and being in close contact with these animals she says she found that she became more empathic. During her tracking training with the Wilderness Awareness School just outside Seattle, Washington she says she began to experience a heightened state of awareness with regard to the animals she was tracking. Having been raised in Africa, she had little experience or knowledge about North American species and therefore found it difficult to analyze or interpret their footprints in any logical way based on visual cues. Her mentors suggested that instead she should "feel" the energy from the track - whereupon she says she started to get brief mental images or other 'sensings'. These "sudden knowings" would subsequently prove to be true. She then researched the phenomenon of interspecies communication further and studied to advanced levels through the Assisi International Animal Institute in the US from 2001 to 2004.
Subsequently, she worked at CyberTracker International, the inventors of CyberTracker, a piece of free GPS data collection software used across the world for monitoring and managing wildlife. She travels widely lecturing on animal conservation issues and teaching animal communication.
Documentary film and public appearance
Anna Breytenbach was in 2012 the subject of a 52-minute documentary film produced by Swati Thiyagarajan, Craig Foster and Damon Foster entitled "The Animal Communicator". This documentary was nominated for Best Long Documentary and Best Director of the "Jade Kunlun" Awards of 2012 World Mountain Documentary Festival of Qinghai China.
A short clip from the documentary film depicting Breytenbach's interaction with a black leopard at the Jukani Predator Park in South Africa was published on YouTube and went viral with over 4.5 million views.
She was also featured on Buddha At The Gas Pump, "a series of interviews with spiritual teachers and awakened gurus" in 2019.
- Toffoli,Hilary Prendini (2014). "The master tracker". Mail & Guardian
- Theys, Michael "How to communicate with animals with Anna Breytenbach" Archived 15 January 2016 at the Wayback Machine. afrikafreak
- "The Animal Communicator" Archived 25 September 2015 at the Wayback Machine NHU Africa
- The incredible story of how leopard Diabolo became Spirit - Anna Breytenbach, animal communicator YouTube clip from The Animal Communicator
- "Anna: Animal Communicator" Archived 6 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine Carte Blanche, DSTV Network