The story of four Servals; Primo, Bor, Bondo, and Kindu is one of resilience, rescue, and the promise of a new life at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary.
Visit Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa - where rescued big cats feel at home.
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
At Jukani our mission is to maintain and manage a sustainable wildlife sanctuary, with the focus on creating widespread awareness about the plight of large predators in captivity, in South Africa and all over the world.
The animals at Jukani have been rescued or re-homed from facilities that could no longer care for them. They can now explore their large natural habitat, designed and built around each individual animal’s needs..
The South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA) consisting of Monkeyland, Birds of Eden , The Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary and The Hidden Forest Wildlife Sanctuary are winners of the Lilizela Service Excellence Awards - Best Visitor Experience 'Wildlife Encounters'; Skål International Sustainable Tourism Award - Best Major Attraction; winner of the 'Best Animal Welfare Initiative' and overall winner of the World Responsible Tourism Awards.
Most recently, SAASA was declared winner of the 2023 Skål International Sustainable Tourism Award in the category of Major Tourist Attractions for The Hidden Forest Wildlife Sanctuary.
TO PRE-PLAN YOUR ADVENTURE OUR RATES ARE:
- Single Tickets: R380
- Combo Tickets: R610
- TripTic Tickets: R760
- Children (aged 3 to 12): pay half price
- Babies 2 and under: Free
- Bookings not required
Donate R1000 to SAASA and receive a voucher for our WackyWildlife special
This voucher includes a visit to Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, the Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary and an unforgettable Ocean Blue Adventures cruise.Read More
The Farm Yard experience
A new feature at Jukani where we interact with and teach about farm animals.
Ideal for teaching young kids valuable vocabulary and also teaches them social skills and important information about cultures and our world.MORE INFO
Frequently Asked Questions
How far is Jukani situated from Monkeyland and Birds of Eden?
Jukani is situated about 15km North of Plettenberg Bay, It is10km from Monkeyland and Birds of Eden along the N2 towards Port Elizabeth.
Why are the animals in enclosures and not set free?
The animals at Jukani were born in captivity and they can’t be released into the wild.
Do you breed with them?
We don’t breed with any of the animals at Jukani. Most facilities that breed do so to sell the cubs or use them for animal touching / interaction with guests. Please follow the #HandsOffOurWildlife campaign and watch the documentary #Bloodlions. We simply provide a forever home.
How old do the animals get?
In captivity, they live a lot longer than in nature where they are in a constant battle for survival. A male lion seldom gets older than eight to nine years in nature whilst in captivity they can live up to twenty years of age. The same goes for tigers, leopards, jaguars etc.
What does the word/name Jukani mean?
The word Jukani has no meaning and is a portmanteau of Juka and Shanti. Juka and Shanti are the names we use to refer to the 2 Bengal Tigers who occupy the largest enclosure at Jukani. It is also the central most enclosure located in the heart of the Sanctuary. The name has a lovely African ring to it.
Do you buy animals and will you get more?
We do not buy any animals at Jukani. All the animals at Jukani are rescues. Our animals have come from persons or the authorities such as Cape Nature rescuing them and if there has been space at Jukani they were placed here. Space only opens if an animal has passed away.
I believe our biggest issue is the same biggest issue that the whole world is facing, and that's habitat destruction.
Steve Irwin - Conservationist
Environmentalism opposes reckless innovation and makes conservation the central order of business.
Lee Dekker - Manager of Birds of Eden, Plettenberg Bay
The most important environmental issue is one that is rarely mentioned, and that is the lack of a conservation ethic in our culture.
Christian Schauerte - Ex-curator of primates, Monkeyland
At Monkeyland in Plettenberg Bay you've got the lemurs and monkeys leaping through the trees overhead. It's a chance to remember what the world can really be like.
Hilletje Moller - Volunteer safari guide
People are not going to care about animal conservation unless they think that animals are worthwhile.
Lazare Kokolo - Safari guide, Monkeyland
People must feel that the natural world is important and valuable and beautiful and wonderful and an amazement and a pleasure. The question is, are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see a monkey except in a picture book?
Amanda Dreyer - Teacher
I believe that conservation education is all about being excited about something. Seeing passion and enthusiasm helps push an educational message.
Niel Shrenk - Safari guide, Monkeyland
The whole of science, and one is tempted to think the whole of the life of any thinking man, is trying to come to terms with the relationship between yourself and the natural world. Why are you here, and how do you fit in, and what's it all about.
David Attenborough - Conservationist
It is each and every persons responsibility to care for the wild, not because we inherited it from the generations that came before us, but rather because it is on loan from the generations that are still to come.
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