About Wanicare

The Wanicare Foundation

The Wanicare Foundation is a Dutch, non-governmental and non-profit organization who supports the Cikananga Wildlife Center hands-on, with operational management and financial funding. After the reorganisation of the center Wanicare started running programs for the protection of habitats and release programs for the (critically) endangered animals such as Silvery gibbons and Javan leopards. Wanicare was founded in 2009 by veterinary assistant Willemijn Eggen.

The start
In 2008 Willemijn arrived at Cikananga for an internship. She was confronted with a center that was going through a very rough time due to the loss of funding and founded therefor Wanicare. Ever since the rescue center has become more organized and more professional. With a small budget, hard work and full determination the Wanicare Foundation together with Cikananga team has made a great difference in animal welfare in the center and the prospect for the animals.

Wanicare is still closely involved in all activities at the rescue center and Willemijn acts as general manager for the rescue activities and supervises all medical activities in Cikananga. In Cikananga we take care of over 300 rescued wild animals, coordinate rescue and release operations, run a volunteer program, develop conservation / release programs and build enclosures. The rescue center is growing and we are expanding our network to other animal welfare organizations throughout Asia. We offer professional medical care, active rehabilitation and build proper enclosures to ensure the wellbeing of the animals and strive to release all confiscated wild animals back into their natural habitat.

Wanicare also started other programs (in cooperation with Cikananga Wildlife Center) related to habitat protection, animal conservation and releases. Please find more information on the Projects page.

We have made a video about our work with the help Care4needs Foundation: 

Our missions is to prevent wild animal trade, protect wildlife and release animals back into their natural habitat. This by offering wild animal rescue centers and related programs complete support in their work.

We do this in the way of

• Supporting confiscation of wild animals
• Supporting the releases of the (wild) animals in to their natural habitat, or if not possible translocation of animals
• Improving and renewing animal enclosures
• Improving (and advising on) medication, nutrition and animal care
• Supporting establishment of an effective and efficient internal organization of the center
• Fund-raising PR activities
• Recruiting and supervising volunteers and interns
• Developing educational programs: education in schools in the vicinity of the centre and project sites to increase commitment and involvement of the local communities;
• Setting up programs to protect endangered wild animals and improve or maintain their natural habitat
• Closely working with different animal welfare organizations and local governments
• Handing over tasks and responsibilties to become independent

The team of Wanicare
We have a 4 person full time team to make a difference for wildlife. With this team we support the Indonesian staff of 20 keepers, managers, vets and support at Cikananga. Also we run our own independent projects.

Willemijn Eggen – General Manager Cikananga Wildlife Rescue Program & General Manager Wanicare – Contact
Inge Tielen – Conservation Manager – Contact
Roel Jansen – Organisation, Program & Relations Manager – Contact
Hanneke Kuiken – Volunteer Coordinator – Contact 

Board of Wanicare
The board of the Wanicare Foundation consists of six volunteers, all having a different profession and expertise to fully support all aspects that involve reaching our goals.

Willemijn Eggen – Founder and board-member
Willemijn Sevens – President
Ruud Groen – Treasurer
Elise Brouwer – Board-member
Janine Wevers – Board-member
Sam Oostra – Board-member

If you want to contact us: info@wanicare.com

Wani is an abbreviation of the word wanita which means girl in Bahasa Indonesian and can also be translated as Willemijn animal care.


We can do so much more with your contribution. If you would like to help us, please click here.

There are also many possibilties for volunteering and internships with Wanicare in Cikananga.

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