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“Retirement Home for the Big Cats”

Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
Ranked #7 of 14 things to do in The Crags
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Owner description: Jukani is part of the South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA) who are the CURRENT AWARD WINNERS of the following AWARDS - • Lilizela Service Excellence Tourism Awards - best Visitors Experience • Skal International Sustainable Tourism Awards - best major Attraction • World Responsible Tourism Awards - Gold-best Animal Welfare Initiative • World Responsible Tourism Awards - Overall Winner 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, raccoons and a variety of species of snake.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.
Shenzhen, China
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“Retirement Home for the Big Cats”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

This place is more like a zoo than a safari, although each animal has a very large territory to stay.

Our guide was Melody, who's very informative.

About 1-1.5 hour walking tour.

Visited February 2017
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Toulouse, France
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“Big cats in small cages...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2017

Very interesting explanations from our guide who learnt us a lot of things on the different "big cats".
Nevertheless, such small places for them is quite hard when we know how big spaces they need to live happy.

Visited December 2016
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Farnham Common, United Kingdom
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“What a great visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2017

We came here as the other half of our ticket with Birds of Eden (that was wonderful too) early in the day. Luckily, we were the only people so had a personalised visit with Melody, who proved to be a most knowledgeable, friendly and passionate guide of this large cat rescue park.

The animals here are not able to be released into the wild because of their previous circumstances: lions kept by 'collectors' in houses and badly managed zoos. The individual animals' stories are heart wrenching but here, one feels that they are respected, looked after and allowed to be alone if they want to be. The story of the black puma Spirit, renamed from Diablo and kept near his cheetah friends is moving. The park had a wild cat whisperer to talk to him as he was so bad tempered and angry and discovered that he didn't like his name and was concerned about his cheetah friend's fate. It's on YouTube.

Do come here early, I'm sure our experience would not have been as good had we come in a very large group, please tip the guide, they don't ask and probably dont expect it, but I'm sure they don't earn very much and his knowledge and passion was moving.
There are viewing platforms to see into some of the enclosures and with three of us, was pleasant, not sure it would have been with 20 people.

We were here for about two hours.

Visited February 2017
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“Interesting Guided Tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2017

Different species of big cats live here in their separate, fenced areas. These areas are seem to be large enough for them, especially since they can find places to hide from the visitors. Our guide answered all our questions, even critical ones, about the animals. You can climb a number of platforms alongside the fences to take pictures of the cats above the fences.

Visited February 2017
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“very good!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2017

gerat place to visit, very cheap and only takes a couple of hours to walk round. The guide was very knowledgable.

Visited January 2017
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