Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary is home to big cats such as lions (white and tawny), cheetahs, tigers (Siberian, Bengal and white), leopard (spotted and black), jaguar, pumas, caracal, serval cats and other wildlife species such as zebra, wild dog, springbuck, zorilla, honey badger, raccoons and various snake species (which are housed separately).

At Jukani the focus is on conservation education and specifically the plight of large predators in captivity, in South Africa 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. All the female predator cats are on birth control, and the sanctuary is a no-touch facility.

Visiting Jukani is not just about viewing predator cats – it is also an informative experience. Our experienced and trained guides will take you on an tour of the sanctuary and introduce you to all the sanctuary inhabitants. Dictionaries define a sanctuary for animals as merely a place where animals are protected from hunting. A true sanctuary for “big cats” and other wildlife should, however, also be a place of refuge to protect them from much more than hunting and/or the petting trade.

Jukani has secured the future of all its predator cats and wildlife.

The South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (PBO Number 200/060 667/08), is the sole custodian of all the Jukani inhabitants. The Jukani sanctuary funds itself by means of responsible eco-tourism and we strive to achieve an effective balance between conservation and economic reality.

Jukani is situated 10 km east of Plettenberg Bay next to the Plettenberg Bay Puzzle Park.

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 teach humans to care.


Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, N2
(next to the Plettenberg Bay Puzzle Park)
Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape
South Africa 6500
Tel   +27 (0) 44 534 8409
Fax  +27 (0) 86 760 8605
Mobile +27 (0) 72 613 2261 / +27 (0) 82 979 5683
GPS: 34°10’41″S; 22°01’32”