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“Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary”

Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
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$16.26*
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Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary Admission with Guided Tour
Ranked #7 of 14 things to do in The Crags
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Jukani is part of the South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA) #PlettPredators #CragsCarnivores #HandsOffOurWildlife #SaasaVisit Come and visit Jukani which is the home of rescued predators and other wildlife where the focus is on conservation and education, specifically on the plight of predators both in captivity and in the wild all over the world.At Jukani you can see most of the larger cats such as lion, Bengal and Siberian tiger, jaguar, leopard, cheetah, puma, caracal and serval together with rarer species such as white lions and tigers and black leopard.The sanctuary is also home to other predators such as African wild dog, hyena, jackal, honey badger and zorilla together with other wildlife such as zebra, springbuck and raccoons. Our experienced and knowledgeable guides will take you on a tour of the sanctuary and introduce you to its inhabitants whilst offering a wealth of interesting and fascinating information regarding each of the species.A visit to Jukani is not just about viewing big cats, it is an informative experience at a sanctuary where the animal's physical and emotional needs are placed first and foremost. Unlike some other facilities, the cats here do not breed and cubs are not removed from their mothers to be 'cuddled' by visitors. These cubs often end their days as trophy hunter's prey. Jukani is a sanctuary, a place of refuge where the wildlife is treated with respect and protected from hunting and other dangers in safe and natural surroundings.The South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance, a non-profit organisation (PBO No. 200/060 667/08 NPO 008 - 464) is the sole custodian of all the animals at Jukani, and therefore their future is secured. Jukani is funded by means of responsible eco-tourism and strives to achieve an effective balance between conservation and economic reality.A restaurant and curio shop is also available together with disabled access and facilities.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Stroller parking, Activities for older children
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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5 reviews
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“Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary”
Reviewed January 5, 2014

It was really an awesome experience. We had the most amazing guide who obviously enjoys his job tremendously. It was really awesome seeing the wild animals up close and personal and I was able to take the most awesome photographs. We've learned so much about these animals. It was money well worth spending.

Visited December 2013
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“Disappointed”
Reviewed December 29, 2013 via mobile

We were expected more interaction as in the past. Jukani is our most favourite place in the cape and always a must to visit. When we took our family this yearto the new location we were very disgusted as there were no interaction with the animals as usual and very little to see. We were missing Jurg and Karin and to see how they and their tean interact with the animals and the love between them and the animals which is so beautiful to see. Please we need to see the love and interaction. Those who do not like to see the feeding time give them a early morning tour without the feeding............. I can go on forever. We love Jurgen, Karin and their team - Bring the old ways bach.

Visited December 2013
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HerRoyalHickup, Social Media Manager at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this review, December 31, 2013
Dear Linda S

We would like to thank you for your review, we appreciate each and every review. And also thank you for your loyal support of Jukani over the years. I am not sure if you saw my response to another patronage of Jukani who had the same feelings as you so I would like to respond to you in the exact same manner so that you may hopefully understand our situation and that it is solely for the best of the animals.

We know it is different now that Jukani is part of the South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance and if you do not mind we would like to explain the reasons behind the changes, as this has been the main focus of your post. Hopefully in doing so we will give you an insight into why the changes are beneficial for everyone involved, and especially beneficial for the animals.

As you are probably aware the Jukani set-up in Mossel Bay under the previous ownership and management was not doing well at all, and there was a very real possibility of the park closing down and the animals being sold-off to the highest bidder, and in a situation like that you can not rule out canned hunting establishments being the highest bidders. (You cannot honestly want us to go "back" to that, can you?)

The South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance “SAASA” (www.saasa.org.za) was painfully aware of that situation, and while Jurg - Jukani in Mossel Bay was in the true sense of the word doing good things for the animals in its care, there was a fundamental flaw, it was being run as something between a sanctuary and a circus. Probably more of a circus as if it was a sanctuary there would have be no question over the future well-being of the animals in its care.

While the Mossel Bay interactive or circus type operation may have appeal to a small section of the global community, it most certainly is neither the appropriate nor the correct way of dealing with wild animals. SAASA is fully aware of the bond that has built-up between Jurg and Karen and the animals and also understands the need the animals now have for this, and therefore appropriate time is set aside daily for this to occur (in private), but over time the goal should be to reduce the need for it until it is no longer required, and the animals can become more wild, and less human imprinted, as that is all it is.

The current ownership under the auspicate of SAASA has visited nearly every sanctuary and zoo in the World, and not even the worst of the worst sanctuaries and or zoo’s no matter how destitute they are resort to throwing food into enclosures to entertain their patrons, so our question is, w h y w o u l d w e ?

We would not like to loose any patronage of Jukani, be it old or new, however we are pleased to point out that the new Jukani in The Crags Plettenberg Bay on days receives more visitors than the old Jukani did in a month in Mossel Bay. This is highly beneficial for the animals in the long run as more money means we can give them the care they deserve.

In parting, I would like to mention, that Jukani is being put forward for a “Fairtrade in Tourism Accreditation” this is the pinnacle accolade for any sanctuary to receive, and only two other sanctuaries have ever got that accolade before, however such an accreditation excludes establishments which resort to animal interaction as a means of generating patronage and income – there is absolutely no conservation value in petting wild animals.

Thank you once again for your visit, and wishing you and your family a happy and prosperous New Year.

Kindest Regards
Vijver
Social Media Manager SAASA
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“ok”
Reviewed December 26, 2013

Its was ok. Just to fill our time.... best time to go its the last tour at 16 whem you can actually see the animals...

Visited December 2013
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“Dissapointment”
Reviewed December 23, 2013

Firstly this was our 3rd visit to Jukani the first 2 being by their old location in Mosselbay-these expierences were absolutely amazing!! The new premisis is much bigger, and the animals seem to enoy the new LARGE enclosures BUT we missed the interaction between the owners Jurg and karen with their animals. And we were looking forward to the feeding time, which was now not possible to see due to new rules?! I am afraid that all your regular cllients will not be to impressed and people who come once wont come back for future visits. Our guide Robert was very good, he knew all the animals personally. The condition of the animals are excelent (as always).

Visited December 2013
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HerRoyalHickup, Social Media Manager at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this review, December 27, 2013
Dear Marietjie N

We would like to thank you for your review, we appreciate each and every review. And also thank you for your loyal support of Jukani over the years. We know it is different now that Jukani is part of the South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance and if you do not mind we would like to explain the reasons behind the changes, as this has been the main focus of your post. Hopefully in doing so we will give you an insight into why the changes are beneficial for everyone involved, and especially beneficial for the animals.

As you are probably aware the Jukani set-up in Mossel Bay under the previous ownership and management was not doing well at all, and there was a very real possibility of the park closing down and the animals being sold-off to the highest bidder, and in a situation like that you can not rule out canned hunting establishments being the highest bidders.

The South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance “SAASA” (www.saasa.org.za) was painfully aware of that situation, and while Jurg - Jukani in Mossel Bay was in the true sense of the word doing good things for the animals in its care, there was a fundamental flaw, it was being run as something between a sanctuary and a circus. Probably more of a circus as if it was a sanctuary there would have be no question over the future well-being of the animals in its care.

While the Mossel Bay interactive or circus type operation may have appeal to a small section of the global community, it most certainly is neither the appropriate nor the correct way of dealing with wild animals. SAASA is fully aware of the bond that has built-up between Jurg and Karen and the animals and also understands the need the animals now have for this, and therefore appropriate time is set aside daily for this to occur (in private), but over time the goal should be to reduce the need for it until it is no longer required, and the animals can become more wilded, and less human imprinted, as that is all it is.

The current ownership under the auspicate of SAASA has visited nearly every sanctuary and zoo in the World, and not even the worst of the worst sanctuaries and or zoo’s no matter how destitute they are resort to throwing food into enclosures to entertain their patrons, so our question is, w h y w o u l d w e ?

We would not like to loose any patronage of Jukani, be it old or new, however we are pleased to point out that the new Jukani in The Crags Plettenberg Bay on days receives more visitors than the old Jukani did in a month in Mossel Bay.

In parting, I would like to mention, that Jukani is being put forward for a “Fairtrade in Tourism Accreditation” this is the pinnacle accolade for any sanctuary to receive, and only two other sanctuaries have ever got that accolade before, however such an accreditation excludes establishments which resort to animal interaction as a means of generating patronage and income – there is absolutely no conservation value in petting wild animals.

Thank you once again for your visit, and wishing you and your family a happy and prosperous New Year.

Kindest Regards
Vijver Jonck
Social Media Manager SAASA
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“Awesome”
Reviewed December 22, 2013 via mobile

Really awesome experience, a must see. Preferable to go on a cool day when the cats are out to play.

Visited December 2013
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