2022 video update with plans ahead for Wanicare & Cikananga

21 February 2023 – Willemijn talks you through all the latest changes, projects, animal updates, new enclosures, new team members, the restarted volunteer & internship program, and plans for the coming year at the Cikananga Wildlife Center in Java, Indonesia.

2022 has been a great year as we are finally back to (the new) normal with some new faces in the team, some big milestone projects and many new plans for the 500+ wild animals at the rescue center. Any questions? Contact us right away! Please find the YouTube video below:


Live on Radio1

Vandaag op Radio 1 om 13:00: Willemijn Eggen & Inge Tielen over de Javaanse Luipaarden, het Cikananga Wildlife Center en de recente vrijlatingen. Deze post updaten we zo snel mogelijk met het item.

Wil je ons werk helpen mogelijk maken? Kijk dan hier, want we kunnen alle hulp gebruiken voor de bijna 500 dieren het het Cikananga Wildlife Center.

Update: De opnamen van Radio 1 is hier te vinden: RADIO 1 

Today on Radio 1: Willemijn Eggen & Inge Tielen about the Javan Leopards, the Cikananga Wildlife Center, and the recent releases. We will update this post with the item as soon as possible. Do you want to make our work possible? Then look here, because we can use all the help for the almost 500 animals at the Cikananga Wildlife Centre.

Update: Please find the recording here on RADIO 1

Join us tomorrow for the annual Wanicare year update

7 January 2023 – Dutch only: Morgen is het weer zover, loop gerust binnen voor de jaarlijkse update door Willemijn Eggen over Wanicare, de ontwikkelingen in en rond Cikananga voor alle volgers, sponsors en vrienden van Wanicare.

Met een borrel na de tijd!

Zondag 8 januari, 15:00 te Den Huizen 6 in Balkburg.

Hornbill release coming up at Unesco Ciletuh Geopark

17 November 2022 – Currently we are finalizing the last preparations as part of the Hornbill Release Program at Ciletuh for four wreathed hornbills. This is another crucial step for the Hornbills that resided in Cikananga, to provide them a future back in the wild and to support a healthy population. As part of the carefully planned transition, these hornbills are moved to habituation enclosures at Ciletuh before they will be released and are already enjoying the local wild fruits.

Unesco recognized the Ciletuh-Palabuhanratu area as a national Geopark and stretches over 128.000 hectares on southwest Java. More updates coming up on the progression of the release soon.

Do you want to support us please take a look here: Support Wanicare for the Animals at Cikananga. 

Cikananga participates in Giving Day for Apes!

11 October 2022 – Support Cikananga as today is Giving Day for Apes! We are focussing on 3 projects, one of them is the translocation of Shanti & Chanee, two Agile Gibbons. Learn more here and donate through the Giving Day for Apes website.

Giving Day Apes is dedicated to raising money to assist apes in trouble across the world. Last year, in 2021 they raised a total amount of more than $960.000! We are asking for all our supporters to help us give a second chance to the apes that are affected heavily and horribly by the ongoing illegal wildlife trade.  For this day we highlight 3 different projects to support. 

1. The translocation of 2 juvenile Agile Gibbons, Shanti and Chanee to Sumatra, their homeland
to take another step towards their (final) release.
To read about their journey and what a translocation is all about, check “updates” above!

2. Building a sanctuary enclosure for Black, our Siamang who we sadly cannot release and
needs a warm ‘forever’ home to grow old in.
To read about his horrifying story, check “updates” above!

3. Renovating and redesigning Noni and Dodo’s, our Bornean Orangutan’s, enclosure
to provide them with multifunctional objects that can be used for enrichment.
To read about the plans, check “updates” above!


Take a look at the Giving Day for Apes page or contact us directly.

Volunteering and Interships program at Cikananga is fully re-opened.

19 August 2022 – We are pleased to share we can receive new international interns and volunteers, the program is fully open, and we are receiving new enthusiasts at the Cikananga Wildlife Center. Do you want to make a difference for wildlife in one of the most extensive rescue centers of its kind? Or are you looking for an internship in conservation or animal (medical)-care? We have been welcoming volunteers and students from all around the world for an experience away from the usual travel destinations.


Please find more information on the Wildlife Internship and Wildlife Volunteering pages. There you can find the PDF Guide with all information, pricing, and insights into the programs.

If you want to know more about the latest opportunities, don’t hesitate and contact us at


Newsletter is out, subscribe here.

18 August 2022 – The latest Wanicare Newsletter is out! Do you want to receive these updates to? At least every quarter we publish a newsletter with all the latest and greatest at Cikananga.

This time:  

– New updates on the Release of #javanleopard Rasi
– New reptile enclosures at Cikananga
– GPS backpack for the Hornbills
– Staff updates

Hornbills about to fly out with GPS

5 August 2022 – Currently we a preparing releases by fitting backpacks to the Wreathed Hornbills. The backpacks carry GPS transmitters to trace their activity once released and are donated to the Hornbill Release Program by Ostrava Zoo. Thanks!!

Very soon, four of the wreathed hornbills will be moved to the habituation enclosure preparing them for a new chapter of their life in the wild!

Learn more about our Hornbill Release Program in our projects section.

2022 Year Update Video is here!

16 June 2022 – A video update about the last year and plan to come, from Willemijn and Inge, directly from the Cikananga Wildlife Center. Please take a look!

Link to 2022 Youtube Wanicare & Cikananga Video

A short word from Willemijn Eggen:

Also, this year Inge Tielen and I made a short update video to give an impression of how things are going in Cikananga and the plans for the coming period.

I finally went back to Cikananga earlier this year, and I saw how the team struggled through the difficult corona period. We would like to thank you very much for your support, without this support we absolutely cannot do our work, and we certainly would not have survived the past 2 difficult corona years while caring for so many animals, ongoing rescue activities, and a huge challenge as we could not receive any visitors which put a full stop on the volunteer and internship program.  This program has been instrumental in the past for extra hands to get work done, but also to create an ongoing small income stream that dried up in the past two years. With the many supporters around Cikananga & Wanicare, we have survived!

Fortunately, everything is slowly returning to a situation like before the corona crisis: With more volunteers, more releases, and again fantastic developments!

If you would like to make a contribution to make our work possible, you are very welcome on the account number below so that we can continue to build the team, release projects, medical care, and accommodation for the 450+ animals in Cikananga.

Best regards

Willemijn Eggen
Founder of the Wanicare Foundation