of the Ubuntu Wildlife sanctuary is to: 

  • Establish itself as an internationally recognized and respected sanctuary for rescued large predators, orphaned, traumatized and injured Southern White and Black Rhinoceros and African elephants​

  • Professionally manage the sanctuary with proven and ethical operational principles, systems and procedures for animal husbandry, welfare combining it with general business ethics

  • Portray a strong conservation message to protect our natural heritage, promote South Africa and the Western Cape Province as a wildlife conservation authority, to the international community.



of the Ubuntu Wildlife sanctuary is to:

  • Continuously develop and set new ethical protocols and standards for managing rescued large predators.


  • To establish a rescue and rehabilitation sanctuary for orphaned, injured, traumatized Southern White and Black Rhinoceros and African elephant calves with the aim to reintroduce the orphans to form wild metapopulations.


  • To utilize our wildlife conservation initiatives for socio-economic development and empowerment projects, to empower poor and unemployed neighbouring rural communities in the North-West Province with job creation, conservation education, training, skills and transfer programs etc.


This is the story of Spirit. Our logo is inspired by him. See here the story of this incredible animal.

In 2007, Jurg and Karen rescued a black leopard from an unscrupulous wildlife trader. They named the leopard Spirit, and from that, a wildlife documentary was created to tell the story of the incredible inter-species communication, that took place and was able to reach and change the lives of millions of people worldwide. (The Animal Communicator).

Meaning of the Ubuntu name and logo.


Ubuntu: Ubuntu resonates with the late Nelson Mandela, and supports our beloved Madiba’s legacy, in which people work together towards a better future for South Africa. 


Logo: Spirit is the name of a black leopard, rescued by Ubuntu’s Jurg and Karen Olsen, who had a significant and positive influence on animal/human relations and had an impact millions of people worldwide. The “Spirit of Africa” symbolizes the true African spirit of working together with all role-players and communities in creating a united effort to preserve our wildlife.


Here at Ubuntu Wildlife Sanctuary, we see the value in everyone. We want to be a catalyst for positive change, and since our beginnings in 2016, we’ve been driven by the same ideas we initially founded our Non-Profit Organization upon: support, empowerment, and progress. Learn more about our mission, our vision, and how we go about making the changes we want to see.