THE SOUTH AFRICAN ANIMAL SANCTUARY ALLIANCE
SAASA consists of 3 award winning sanctuaries / animal parks: Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and The Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa, and strives to improve the lives of animals in captivity.
Our mission at SAASA is one of education and promoting a greater understanding of primates, birds, apex cats and wild animals in general and the threats and challenges they are facing.
Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary is the world’s first free-roaming multi-species primate sanctuary which provides a forever home to many species of primate in need. Our award-winning sanctuary opened April 1998 and offers tours (monkey safaris) where guests can view the 550+ resident primates in their forest home. Visitors are taken on a 1 hour guided tour into our 12 hectare forest with safari guides. The guides will find as many primate species as possible and give you fun and informative information with regards to the monkeys, lemurs and apes you will see on tour. During these tours there will always be ample time to take photographs and ask questions. Enjoy the canopy view of our forest while crossing our 128m suspension bridge. We proudly support responsible, ethical and eco-friendly tourism and conservation. Language options available – Afrikaans, English, French, Spanish and German. There is also a family-friendly restaurant, themed souveniour store and viewing deck.
Role of Monkeyland, in Plettenberg Bay, in nature conservation
To maintain and protect genetically pure species of various taxa in a semi wild state, housed in a free-roaming habitat that is not un-similar to those of the animal’s home ranges. To one day hold the seeds of these Taxa that can be reintroduced back into the wild when the circumstances are right.
Birds of Eden (next to Monkeyland) The world’s largest free-flight bird aviary (50 metres high, covering 23 000 square meters of forest). Birds of Eden houses more than 3,500 specimens of more than 220 species, with the focus being ex-pet birds. The dome covers boardwalks, a restaurant, several ponds and dams and a themed souvenir store. At our bird sanctuary, you are welcome to go on a self-guided tour. Our 2.3 hectare aviary encapsulates a specially built 1.2km meandering boardwalk and bricked walkway - most visitors choose to walk on their own, but if you prefer to have a guide you are welcome to request a guided tour from reception (at no extra cost). Be sure to make use of the many benches and shelters strategically placed along the boardwalk and bring your binoculars to easily spot the birds resting, socialising, foraging and flying in the forest canopy, waterways and grasslands.
Role of Birds of Eden, in Plettenberg Bay, in nature conservation:
To maintain and protect genetically pure species of various taxa in a semi wild state, housed in a free-flight habitat that is not un-similar to those of the animal’s home ranges. To one day hold the seeds of these Taxa that can be reintroduced back into the wild when the circumstances are right.
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary is home to mainly Apex Predators. The animals at Jukani, their forever home, have been rescued or re-homed from facilities that could no longer care for them. At Jukani they can now explore their large natural habitats, designed and built around each individual animal’s needs. The animals at our wildlife sanctuary are free of exploitation and the stress caused by human interaction. On your 80-minute walking safari with one of our knowledgeable guides you will also find Raccoons, a Honey badger, Caracal, an African polecat, some Zebra and Springbok and ferocious predators such as the Spotted Hyena. There is a coffee shop near the entrance to the sanctuary and a lovely curio shop in the reception area. Jukani is located 15km outside of Plettenberg Bay on the N2 towards Port Elizabeth and 8km before you reach the turn off to Monkeyland and Birds of Eden.
Role of Jukani, in Plettenberg Bay, in nature conservation
To care for and protect the apex cats and other wildlife species of various taxa in a semi wild state, housed in spacious habitats that are not too un-similar to those of the animal’s home ranges. Our wildlife sanctuary cares for many species of apex cats, this includes jaguar, cougar, lions, tigers, leopard and puma - none of the apex cats at our facility breed, neither are they used for petting purposes, walking-with tours and we also don't permit feeding tours. The wild animals in our care are #NotEntertainers and we maintain a very strict #HandsOff zero-interaction policy.
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