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Lions and Leopards at Jukani in Plettenberg Bay (2019-01-05) Nature and Animal Attractions | Photo Gallery 15 DEC 2019

If you have kids then animal attractions always make for a big entertainment hit, and if you find yourself wandering about the Plettenberg Bay area, a glance at Google Maps will quickly confirm that you’re certainly spoiled for choice when it comes to animal sanctuaries!

Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary is all about big cats, so if you are keen to see a tawny lion, a white lion, a jaguar, a cheetah, a Siberian tiger, a Bengal tiger, a white tiger, a puma, a caracal, a leopard, and a serval cat all in one place, then Jukani has your back.

(For good measure, they also have a couple of zebra, springbok, a honey badger, and a tree full of American raccoons. Also a zorilla, otherwise known African polecat aka African skunk!)

After an initial stint in Mossel Bay, followed by a move to The Crags about 10 km out of Plettenberg Bay, Jukani has morphed into a proper wildlife sanctuary, providing a home and good care for these mostly rescued big cats that aren’t able to be released back into the wild ever again.

With a strict no touching, no breeding, and now no personifying names for the animals, Jukani focuses on conservation education and specifically on the plight of large predators in captivity.

The massive grounds allow for big forested enclosures which constant guided tours then snake through introducing you to each and every one of Jukani’s furry inhabitants. The girls enjoyed the experience (Jessica instantly bonded to our guide), we loved the fresh air and interesting sights, and of course, the thrill of hearing a lion vocalize around feeding time is something that one never really tires of hearing!

Big Cat Sanctuary: Jukani Wildlife Park My Life 20 AUG 2010

On our weekend away to Pinnacle Point in Mossel Bay, Chantelle and I once again made our way through to Jukani Wildlife Park, lying just outside of its confines along the N2 highway. Now if you have never been to Jukani and you are a lover of big cats, then you had best make a plan to get there because outside of our natonal game reserves, this sanctuary remains one of the best places you’ll ever find one of the biggest collections of different cat predators all in one place.

Started back in 2005, Jukani is the realization of a dream for Jurg and Karen Olsen,  people with an absolute passion for big, burly cats (and dogs by the look of their yard). The park itself covers a fairly large expanse of land and features huge fenced caged areas with plenty of natural vegetation and in which you’ll find an assortment of lions, tigers, leopards, cheetahs, jaguars, caracals, wild dogs, a honey badger and even a whole bag of snakes if you take the right corner.

All the staff are fantastic and Jukani runs tours on the hour right through the day, from information walks to the all important feeding sessions, which gives you a proper glimpse into the behaviour of these apex hunters when it comes to food.

Always a great experience and well worth the entry fee in other words! :)

And of course, being the snappy happy man that I now am, the pictures from our latest visit are all available here: http://photos.codeunit.co.za/v/20100807-Jukani-Wildlife-Sanctuary/ – nice! ;)

Related Link: http://www.jukani.co.za/

Photo Gallery: Jukani Animal Sanctuary (2010-08-07) My Life | Photo Gallery 07 AUG 2010

The Jukani Animal Sanctuary is a fantastic initiative that can be found just outside of Mossel Bay, its primary concern being the safe-keeping and eduction of the public in respect to big cats. And when I say big cats, I mean big cats. On the premises in huge open expanse cages they have everything from lions, Siberian tigers, jaguars, panthers, cheetahs to Bengal tigers. They even have a small reptile park going as well!

Definitely a must visit spot if you are ever in the area!

(This photo shoot comes from the weekend Chantelle and I spent in the company of Retha and Miguel over at Dad’s holiday house in Pinnacle Point in case you were wondering).

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