Jukani Wildlife Preditor Park was established in 2005 close to George in Southern Cape. The project was relocated to bigger premises on the outskirts of Mossel Bay under the ownership of Jukani Africa Wildlife (Pty) Ltd, still trading as Jukani Wildlife Preditor Park. By mid 2007 and since then it become a well-known and must visit attraction for the “big cat” enthusiast visiting Mossel Bay in the beautiful Garden Route.
In October 2011 Welisa Holdings a subsiduary of Primates Resort (Pty) Ltd who trade as Monkeyland and Birds of Eden, purchaded the assets of Jukani Africa Wuildlife (PTY) Ltd including all the animals in their care.
These animals were maintained by Welisa Holdings on the Mossel Bay site, while it constructed a wold class facility on Oakhill Farm in the Crags, Plettenberg Bay. In July 2013 all the animals were moved to the new sanctuary site, and on the 1st August the sanctuary opened its doors to the public trading as Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary.
At Jukani the main focus is on conservation education and specifically the plight of large predators in captivity, in SA and all over the world. “Big cats” are extraordinary animals with a dangerous beauty that is both awe inspiring but also fearsome because of their power and ability to kill. However at most wildlife facilities various wildlife species and especially large predatory species are kept as a way of attracting visitors without regard for the animals' physical and emotional needs, they are just commodities to attract visitors. The Jukani approach is one of respect for what each animal represents and we have a personal bond, build on respect and love, with each of the animals living at the sanctuary. We believe that each animal should be treated as an individual with his/her own unique personality and needs.
Visiting Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary is not just about seeing lions, tigers, leopards, wild dogs etc but it is also an informative experience. Our experienced and trained guides will take you on an informative tour of the sanctuary and introduce you to all of our feline and other wildlife “family” members. Not only will they share their knowledge and experience of each species with you, but you will also meet the individual personalities.
Our guides will tell you more about the dangers these animals face in the wild and share with you interesting facts of each species. They will explain the important role of a black backed jackal and that they are actually very brave critters, or the vital role spotted hyenas fulfil in the wild.
Dictionaries define a sanctuary for animals as merely a place where animals are protected from hunting. A true sanctuary for “big cats” should, however, also be a place of refuge to protect them from much more than hunting and/or the petting trade. They must also be protected against exploitation, abuse, neglect and improper care.
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, provides the predators that live here sanctuary for the duration of their natural lives in an environment where they are respected and cared for, physically and emotionally. The harsh reality is that no predator that has been exposed to human interaction over a period of time, can ever be returned to the wild. However that doesn't imply that they can be exploited by unethical wildlife facilities by allowing animal touching/petting or any other practise where these animals are exploited for human greed and financial gain only. Too many operators of such facilities camouflage their greed and exploitation of animals with a cover of being conservation orientated and tourism driven. How does petting/cuddling a cub or walking with a lion or cheetah on a leash contribute to conservation or to the wellbeing of that animal? The wildlife petting/cuddling/walking industry was born out of human greed only! Not only are the animals subjected to unnatural breeding practises but cubs are stolen from their mothers when only a few days old, subjected and forced into the petting trade and when they grow too big and dangerous they are sold to the highest bidder, others will be shot in so called “canned hunts”, the rest will spend the rest of their lives in horrific conditions without any hope of rescue or a better future.
At Jukani Wuildlife Sanctuary, tourism is used as vehicle to achieve a balance between our conservation education program and the economic and financial realities of securing the future of each predator.
We aim to make our guests part of the Jukani family by introducing you to the individual and not just another predator. Experiencing a massive tiger or lion up close or to see the elusive and shy black leopard, experience the funny antics of our two jaguars when they play in their water pool is not only an unforgettable experience but the individual personality will stay with you forever. Their history and future will tell a story of hope and a life worth living as ambassadors for their families in the wild and captivity.
David Attenborough was quoted saying: “People are not going to care about animal conservation unless they think that animals are worthwhile.” At Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary we make our visitors aware of the plight “Big cats” face.
We make them care.
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, N2
Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape
South Africa 6500
Tel +27 (0)44 534 8409
Fax + 27 (0) 86 7608605
Mobile +27 (0)83 444 5216 / +27 (0)82 9795683
GPS: 34°10'41"S; 22°01'32"E
Wild dog at Jukani
Lali the tiger
Black leopard named Spirit