Who we are
UCC are managed and operated by a group of highly qualified, skilled and experienced professionals, dedicated to wildlife conservation and the preservation of Bio- and Genetic Diversity. All animal procedures at the UCC are conducted with full veterinarian support and assistance, treating ALL animals with respect, dignity & compassion.
Research and conservation projects at the UCC are managed by the UCC and its research partners and associates on a highly sustainable basis to ensure the long-term conservation and scientific research contribution by the UCC – Read more …
The independent UCC & Biobank are situated within the Ukutula Private Game Reserve, North West Province, South Africa.
The UKUTULA Game Reserve is registered and permitted as:
- Wildlife Breeding Facility
- Wildlife Trading Facility
- Animal Rescue Centre
- Rhino Orphanage
- Animal Exhibition Facility
Ukutula supports the IUCN’s One-Plan-Approach to Species Conservation and Animal Breeding Principals – read more …
What we do
Decline in Predator Population Numbers
Globally ALL large mammal numbers have decrease at a shocking rate over the last 200 years (90 – 98%) – mainly due to direct and indirect destructive human actions!
In fact, lion populations throughout much of Africa are heading towards extinction more rapidly than previously thought, decreasing from 1,2 million (1800) to less than 25 000 (2016).
As an apex African predator, this drastic decline in lion numbers, highlights a much wider global conservation crisis.
Why Reproductive & Genetic Research?
- Drastic decline in ALL wild mammal populations in Africa over last 200 years (90 – 98%)
- Drastic decline in lion population numbers globally (± 94%+ over last 200 years)
- Drastic decline in cheetah population numbers (± 6 600 surviving)
- Drastic decline in tiger population numbers (± 98%+ decline since 1800)
- Lack of genetic and other bio-data for captive breeding programs
- Lack of long-term genetic management strategies for captive bred predators
- Lack of genetic preservation for future conservation purposes
- Preservation of healthy & strong genetic pool for future generations