Looking for a new Volunteer Coordinator at Cikananga

10 November 2023 – At the Cikananga Wildlife Center, we are looking for a full-time Volunteer Coordinator to run the volunteer/internship program. We are interested in someone willing to make a significant commitment to the development of the program. The volunteer coordinator will work closely with Cikananga staff (Managers, Medical team, Animal Keepers), and Volunteer Program Supervisor offsite (Wanicare Foundation). The Main responsibilities are to recruit, train, and supervise the volunteers and interns at the center.

This position is an excellent way to learn about new cultures, educate people, and work with wildlife by being a part of the conservation, rehabilitation, and release work done at the center. For more details, please find the attachment or reach out to info at


Rebuilding our website with Kruso

31 October 2023 – We are very excited about our new Wanicare Foundation project. This time no release back to the wild, no new incoming rescued wildlife, and no news from the clinic in Cikananga. This time we work with the digital agency Kruso to create the most sustainable website in the Netherlands, as this website is really up for renewal!

Our current website is very outdated, and we believe that every step we take as Wanicare should be a responsible, durable, and sustainable one to protect animals, people, and the planet. So, why not create this new website in the best possible way with minimal environmental impact?

First a big thank you to Kruso Netherlands for being incredibly helpful and generous. As a small foundation, we can only dream of getting this kind of support and expertise!

Keep an eye out for this website in the coming period, because it will be much better, and much more sustainable soon!

More information: The most sustainable website in the Netherlands based on 9 smart choices

Cikananga organic farm is expanding

13 July 2023 – A Cikananga Sustainability Program Update: In January 2023 we expanded the available production area by 1.29 acres, almost doubling in size to feed the #animalsofcikananga with even more healthy and organic food. This new section consists of 5 blocks, each roughly 30 x 30 meters. Four of these blocks have been cleared and shaped, with one currently being planted. We have constructed a greenhouse, farm outbuildings, a water tower, and most recently, a well to supply the farm with water, without impacting the needs of the animals at Cikananga.
In our greenhouse, we have seeded mustard greens, pak choy, salad greens, pumpkins, chilies, and corn.

Very soon Farm Area 3 should provide Cikananga with enough food to meet the Sustainability Programs goal of 5 tonnes every year, with additional produce to sell to local markets to create a helpful income stream for the daily Cikananga operations. The Sustainability Team is extremely thankful to our sponsor: Enduring Harvest who made this possible. To keep developing the #organic farm, we are always looking for additional supporters that are interested in accelerating innovative organic farm initiatives, don’t hesitate to reach out! And for #students and #volunteers: Don’t forget to check the website as we are looking for enthusiasts to join the organic farm project.

For more information, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Fondation Brigitte Bardot supporting Cikananga

13 June 2023 – As we operate as a multi-species rescue center, Cikananga requires a large variety of food, supplements, and medicine to be sourced daily, we need to offer specialized hands-on care for over 70 different species and maintain a large variety of enclosures types to make sure all the animals are doing well and stay healthy. As such we want to share a Big Thank You! to Fondation Brigitte Bardot for their fantastic and substantial support over the past 2 years. For us, finding support for daily operations is actually challenging due to the somewhat volatile nature of these activities, but it is the backbone of the rescue center!

Many thanks to Fondation Brigitte Bardot, and other supporters that have helped us cover the daily expenses in the past period.

Release of Javan leopard Wahyu

25 May 2023 – Earlier this week Javan Leopard Wayhu was released at Mount Halimun-Salak National Park under the coordination of MoeF (KKHSG), BBKSDA West Java, and Mount Halimun-Salak National Park. Wahyu arrived at Cikananga 2017, and the great care of the Cikananga team helped him to get ready for a return to the wild.

We would like to thank Star Energy Geothermal Salak, Bakti Barito Foundation, SINTAS, Gembira Loka Zoo, Fans for Nature Foundation, Orangutan Help Project, and all other involved supporters in the past years for their support during rehabilitation and towards Wahyu’s release. Learn more about the Javan Leopard program here.

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.