Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary



  • You gain a great insight into these fascinating creatures in a natural habitat.
  • You will be situated in the heart of the Garden Route.
  • From the accommodation, you are transferred daily to the projects.
  • The accommodation you will be hosted in is home to a local family who will assist you for  weekend excursions and activities.
  • There are a variety of activities to take part in after hours.
  • 24-hour emergency assistance

Project Information

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 a 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.

Programme details

The sanctuary provides these Apex cats and wild animals that live there with a stable environment. There is permanence and definitely no exploitation. The care they provided at this sanctuary exceeds the requirements of animal welfare regulations. Most importantly, the sanctuary is a place where primates are rehabilitated both physically and emotionally. It strives to achieve an effective balance between conservation and economic reality. Volunteers need to work – Monday to Friday, from 08:00 to 17:00. You assist the curator and bird keepers with their daily tasks, depending on your skills and experience

Daily tasks could include:

Arrive and begin feeding and cleaning the walk ways and feeding areas, for various reasons, are not have not yet been released. This is followed by a quick “Rubbish Run” (walking through the sanctuary picking up papers dropped on the floor as well as cleaning the car park of litter that was left behind by visitors). Waiting for the first guests to arrive (some volunteers may already have gone on tour with paying guests).

Lunch is not taken at any pre-determined time as it can only be taken as the situation allows.  However, you are always given preference over staff when it comes to taking lunch.

Other odd jobs that may need to be done include: maintaining the walkways and; assisting the curator in observations; preparing meat for the apex cats and other wildlife at the sanctuary; vet visits and treatment, etc.

Basically there is a wide variety of different tasks but these do not always happen on a daily basis.

Please note: At no time is human contact with the Apex cats and wild animals allowed and they are very strict in their “HANDS OFF” approach towards the Apex cats and wild animals.

It is important to note that this description serves as an example only. The daily tasks and challenges depend on the volunteer, the time of the year and the work that needs to be done. The final job description can therefore vary substantially from the above.

What to bring

  1. A uniform will be provided BUT it is best to bring your own khaki-coloured clothin
  2. Outdoor brown or black shoes (only) for work, preferably with no bright colours. Waterproof boots are also highly recommended.
  3. The general colours are dark green, brown and khaki – if you have any warm clothing in this color-range (pending the season) it will be useful.

Please note that there is a non-negotiable deposit of ZAR 800.00 required for your volunteer uniform. This deposit is returned to you when you personally hand back your uniform.

There are no other special requirements in this regard but we recommend bringing the following:

  • Pocket money
  • Toiletries
  • Any specific medication you require
  • Sunscreen and mosquito repellent
  • Travelling clothing
  • Reading books and/or laptop
  • Camera
  • Any needed items of a personal nature, etc.

All these items (and anything else you might need) are readily available at local supermarkets in South Africa.

We welcome you to join us!