7 November 2017 – We are very excited to share the story of endangered primates in Cikananga with the world on BBC World News. Check the video news item here.
15 October 2017 – After a confiscation by JAAN (Jakarta Animal Aid Network) this Friday we received 2 Binturongs, a Green Tree Python and a Bali Starling. They were illegally kept as pets by a private owner. Not all are in the best physical shape, but considering the circumstances they are doing OK. As the animals are now in quarantine we could not take so many pictures.
11 October 2017 – A partner organisation brought a Javan Slow loris (Nycticebus javanicus) to us after it was handed over to them by local villagers close to their project site. As the his body condition is far from good and his hand needs medical attention it was brought to us in Cikananga. Hopefully he will regain his strength, but a more in-depth medical check later will determine whether his physical state is good enough for a potential return to the wild. For now his is in the clinic and we are happy to see he is eating pretty well.
Javan Slow lorises are Critically endangered according to IUCN and are under heavily treat due to habitat loss and illegal trafficking as they became popular as pets. But please be informed that slow lorises are wild animals, suffer enormously in the process of being poached from the wild and suffer even more as they live outside their natural habitats and without the right diet or care.
— Want to know about internships or volunteer work at Cikananga? We even have a intern assignment available to help us with the slow lorises, please take a look here.
3 October 2017 – The Javan Leopard Rehabilitation Enclosure we are building with the help of our partner FOUR PAWS International is almost ready. Take a look on YouTube:
More info on our Javan Leopard Release Program Page.
2 October 2017 – The first Hornbills moved in: Look at them! They seem to enjoy themselves now they finally can spread their wings! Now there are many steps to take before they can be fly out in the wild, but it’s at least this is a huge improvement for their welfare and a start for the rehabilitation process.
A video can be found on Youtube.
20 September 2017 – Besides positive developments, sometimes we also have to report sad news as rescue work is not without setbacks. As you might remember, we received 2 otters here: Bubbles and Squeaks. At first impression they looked to be in reasonable good shape and this was confirmed in the week after when our vet performed the standard virus tests on them. Both were active and did eat well. Unfortunately, on the daily routine of our Otter Keeper, he found Bubbles and Squeaks unconscious and they were directly brought to the clinic. Sadly they both died shortly after.
Our vet performed autopsy and this showed that both suffered from severe protozoa infections that unfortunately was not pick-up by our regular anthelmintic. Still we believe their dead was not only caused by this, but that other issues were in play. Samples from the autopsy are sent to the laboratory for additional testing.
This once again shows what wildlife / pet trade does to wild animals! Bubbles and Squeaks were taken from the wild and held in small dirty cages, received a bad diet and were rejected from any care. It underlines that wild animals do not make good pets and suffer in captivity if they don’t recieve professional care.
As we received some donations for Bubbles and Squeaks, we want to let you know that this money will be used for the other Otters and animals in our care that are also in need of help. If you instead would like a reimbursement of your donation or have any other questions about this matter, please let us know by a private message or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
18 September 2017 – Looking for an Internship? On our website we have listed some assignments, please let us know if your studying (para-) veterinarian, conservation, ecology of similar.
Take a look here! Please know that there are a lot of possbilities if you are studying a different field. Let us know!
17 September 2017 – A vital step for many Hornbills in Cikananga is about to be taken with a new Hornbill block that provides spacious enclosures and a first step in the rehabilitation process. We are very grateful to the sponsors who helped us realize this step as many Hornbills were housed in sub-optimal cages after the huge inflow of illegally traded birds in the last years.
Later an enclosure for pure rehabilitation purposes will be build where the Hornbill can gain extra strength and develop the skills they need to live in the wild. After this we hope to release some of the Hornbills back to the wild. Want to help these magnificent birds? Please let us know! Please find a video on Facebook or Instagram
Special thanks to Orang Utan Help Lëtzebuerg a.s.b.l for the help to realize these enclosures.