MEET THE TEAM BEHIND THE UBUNTU WILDLIFE SANCTUARY.
Committed to the Cause
Jurg Olsen is experienced in designing, constructing and managing wildlife facilities (15 years) as well as managing and owning other business entities. He grew up in the Limpopo Province and had his first encounter with a wild predator, leopard, as a young boy of 6 years old. This incident had a lasting impact on him and was key to his choice of profession in later years.
Before joining the private sector, he spent 12 years in the SA Police Service and resigned from the SAPS with the rank of Captain, as Station Commander of Thembalethu SAPS in the Southern Cape. He served in different specialised units in the SAPS (Gauteng Robbery Reaction Unit, Flying Squad, Gauteng High Way Patrol and is a decorated patrol and explosives dog handler). Jurg is a skilled operative in various specialised fields of security and protection services.
In 2005 Jurg and Karen Olsen founded the Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary in the George area, in the Southern Cape Province of SA. The facility initially focussed mainly on managing large predators in captivity. However, it developed into a sanctuary for different wildlife species (zebra, springbok, raccoons, reptiles etc) and today this sanctuary is providing life time care to 60+ large and smaller wildlife predatory species, herbivores and ungulates.
With the Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary projects he designed and constructed 3 x sanctuary developments, in George, Mossel Bay and Plettenberg Bay. Jurg is highly skilled and experienced in managing large predators in captivity and has developed various systems for the safe keeping of these animals. As a result, he assisted Cape Nature Conservation with developing minimum standards for the keeping of large predators and other wildlife species in captivity in the Western Cape Province. In 2016 Jurg and Karen decided to exit the Jukani projects due to lease and land restraints.
In addition, Jurg also managed a captive elephant operation as well as a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centre in the Western Cape.
He was also instrumental in planning, setting up and managing a rhino rehabilitation and relocation project in Limpopo Province 2016 - 2017.