Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route Adventures South Africa
Creature Feature
Protect The Habitat Of Apex Cats

Australia and Antarctica are the only two continents where big cats do not naturally occur. Most of the 36 species of wild cats are in great danger. Some scientists believe that many of them may be extinct within the next 25 years.

baby lion

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More Bones Than Humans

Cats have more bones than humans. Humans only have 206 bones in their body, whereas the cat has 230. About 10 per cent of the cat’s bones are in the tail.

black leopard

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Snakes Can Detect Heat

Pythons, boas and pit vipers, (including rattlesnakes) all possess pit organs, which can detect the heat given off by other animals. Pit organs enable these snakes to effectively ‘see’ the thermal outline of their prey, allowing them to hunt at night when they themselves are hidden by darkness. A snake’s skeleton contains a string of vertebrae(bones that make up the spine). Typically, there are more than 120 in the body and tail and in some species as many as 585! The pic above is a Redtailed Boa Constructor...

snake at Jukani

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Don't Mess With This Pussycat!

A caracal can take down prey that's five times it's own weight! This is one pussycat you do not want to mess with!

caracal lying down

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They Aren't Fussy Eaters At All!

The spotted hyena's digestive system is so efficient, it can even derive nourishment from mummified corpses. Yuk! In an increasingly overpopulated Africa, hyenas and humans come into frequent contact. In fact, the Maasai people of Kenya and Tanzania actually leave their dead to be consumed by hyenas. However, these intelligent and bold animals will raid food stores and crops and are blamed for many livestock and even some human deaths. In some areas they have been heavily hunted as destructive pests....

Jukani hyena named Dot

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