Ukutula Conservation Center (UCC)

The Ukutula Conservation Center is the result of the visionary efforts of owners, Willi & Jill Jacobs. The planning of the UCC started shortly after they bought the farm in 2006, with numerous professional mammal research studies already completed by various scientific research institutions and professionals over the past few years.

The UCC aims to establish itself as a world-class research and Conservation facility, specializing in Wildlife Research and Predator Conservation. Presently the UCC is in the process of being equipped with a state of the art Genetic Bio-Bank for endangered wildlife.

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 UCC are conducted with full veterinarian support and assistance, treating ALL animals with respect, dignity and 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 – for more detail CLICK HERE and to view some of our research publications, CLICK HERE

Since their inception in 2006, Ukutula Reserve has supported and applied the IUCN’s One-Plan-Approach (OPA) to species conservation and animal breeding principals where animal breeding is considered an important part of conservation management as stipulated in terms of the Convention of Biodiversity held in 1994.

Willi & Gill Jacobs

Ukutula is Registered as:

  • Wildlife Breeding Facility
  • Wildlife Trading Facility
  • Animal Rescue Centre
  • Rhino Orphanage
  • Animal Exhibition Facility

UCC Wildlife Research & Conservation Education Advisory Committee

Dr Imke Lüders
Dr Imke LüdersVeterinarian
Director of Vet Services, Research and Conservation Projects: GEOLIFES
Founder: ProFETURA – Alliance for Wildlife Conservation Breeding
Ilse Luther
Ilse LutherReproductive Biologist
Founder: GEOSPERM, Research Coordinator SA: ProFETURA, Reproduction Biology, ART Research and Service: GEOLIFES,
PhD Candidate: Reproductive Biology, Medical BioScience
Dr. GS Scheepers
Dr. GS ScheepersVeterinarian
Veterinarian: Zodiac Animal Clinic, South Africa
Allan Strachan
Allan StrachanCheetah Specialist
Author and Cheetah specialist with more than 25 years experience at the renowned De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre, now full-time at UCC & Cheetah Clinic
Dr MJ Grundlingh
Dr MJ GrundlinghZoologist
Professional Zoologist and Conservationist
Founder: Wildlife Education Foundation (WEF), Wildlife Author, Researcher & Filmmaker

Research Publications & Research/Conservation Associates