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Spirit Update

Spirit at Jukani

We wanted to give you an update about our favorite black leopard here at Jukani! We last saw Spirit after his encounter with animal communicator, Anna Breytenbach, where Spirit (previously known as Diablo) was calmed by Anna after she told him we did not expect anything from him here at Jukani and that the two leopard cubs he had been with before being rescued were also safe. Since then, Jukani has moved to an amazing location in Plettenberg Bay where Spirit, along with the two cubs - now ful...

Facts About Cheetahs

The carnivorous Cheetah is described as the fastest mammal on Earth. It has long legs, a tall, slim build and its colors are tawny, black-spotted fur. The cheetah's spots help to camouflage it in its environment. Unlike the other cats it has non-retractile claws. The name Cheetah comes from the Hindu word ''chita'' meaning 'spotted one'.

Snow Leopard

The Snow Leopard is large felineof Southand central Asia having long thick whitish fur. It lives inthe difficult terrainand climate conditions of the Himalayas. The Snow Leopard has no relation with the leopard - it is closer to a Cheetah. The Snow Leopard has long thick fur varying in color from grey toa light tan.

The Sumatran Tiger

sumatran tiger

Tthe Sumatran tiger is the smallest of the tiger subspecies.  They are fighting for survival in the face of rapid habitat destruction and unchecked poaching alongside many other endangered species in the Southeast Asian islands. Recent reports have revealed an alarming surge in deforestation of their habitat.

All White Tigers Are Inbred And Are Not Purebred

hybrid white tiger

The ONLY way to produce a tiger or lion with a white coat is through inbreeding brother to sister or father to daughter; generation after generation after generation.  The kind of severe inbreeding that is required to produce the mutation of a white coat also causes a number of other defects in these big cats.   In June 2011 the board of directors for the American Zoological Association (AZA) formalized their 2008 ban on the breeding of white tigers, white lions or king cheetahs by t...