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In memory of our dearest friend and colleague – Pak Alen

12 December 2019 -We are incredibly saddened as Pak Alen suddenly passed away yesterday. As a father figure to all of us and working at Cikananga since the very start, Pak Alen was a key pillar for the center and the community around it. Pak Alen combined amazing kindness, humor, humbleness with phenomenal knowledge about animals. It made Pak Alen an admirable and respected man, who will be missed dearly by the Cikananga team, the animals in the center and the many people around him and his family.

We want to express our deepest condolences to the family of Pak Alen, to his wife, his children and his grandchildren where he always spoke about in the most loving way.

Cikananga will not be the same now we need to do without you.

Quarantine roofs collapsed, we are in need of emergency funding

9 December 2019 – Two roofs of our quarantines building collapsed as heavy rain hit Cikananga last week and we are looking for an emergency fund to repair the roofs soon and shelter the animals. Although rust forming was visible, we were unaware that the roof structures weakened to the point they collapsed largely last week. Therefor we needed to evacuate all animals inside the quarantines as the structure is instable and could collapse completely very soon. As a result, our two remaining quarantine buildings are now completely overcrowded with recently arrived animals that are in a vulnerable situation. This will become a large problem as we still need to receive animals from confiscations soon.
Please find a link to the fundraising page or donate through our PayPal Account or donate through our Bank account:
IBAN: NL65ABNA0515544981BIC: ABNANL2A – ABN AMRO in Amsterdam, ‘Stichting Wanicare’.
As NGO’s the Cikananga Foundation & Wanicare Foundation care for over 500 wild animals in Cikananga, West Java Indonesia, who largely come from the illegal trade. In 2019 we have rescued a total of 139 individuals. It is critical we continue this work, but without quarantine buildings this will not be possible.
The quarantines are vital facilities where newly rescued animals are housed awaiting medical health check results. Here our medical staff can keep an extra close eye on animals after stressful transportations as they are often overcoming medical issues after arrival. Moving animals anywhere else in the rescue center is very hazardous due contamination risks and unavailability of proper enclosures as rescue operations are hard to plan and unpredictable to match with the required capacity.
To repair these vital quarantine buildings we will need to completely rebuild the skeleton frame of the roof, as most of the iron in place is damaged. For this renovation we will only use long-lasting high-quality materials and in addition we will improve the frame to make the structure stronger. Your help will enable proper shelter for rescued animals for the coming 50 years!
On behalf of the animals in Cikananga we ask for your help! Through this crowdfunding we aim to receive enough funds to complete one roof, but of course hope you all bring us even further than that. Every donation small or big is valuable to us while it will bring us closer to the goal of continuing our work.
 

 

IAR visits and supports Cikananga for X-Ray exams

24 November 2019 – Last week received a team of IAR Indonesia including veterinarian specialists who brought their mobile X-ray machine to examine a larger selection of animals at Cikananga. For many of the animals it was a confirmation they were healthy without any internal defects, but some animals require treatment as a result of these examinations. We are very pleased to cooperate with IAR to make sure we provide the best possible care for the animals in Cikananga.

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Usually we only have the option to bring animals to a local hospital for urgent X-ray examinations, but hopefully we can extent our clinic with a X-ray machine in the future. Any help to support our clinic facilities are welcome, please don’t hesitate to reach out if you want to know more or want to support. Of course, we want to express our gratitude to IAR Indonesia Team for their help!

Interns and Volunteers participate in Wildlife team work

14 October 2019 – Every week we organize Teamwork to get the BIG things done in Cikananga! And this week the complete staff, interns and volunteers work on the Crocodile pools and Binturong enclosures. Working in a big group make these big projects much easier, an even better place for the rescued animals and definitely much more fun!

 

Want to know more about our wildlife volunteering or student program? Please visit the page about our internship possibilities and the volunteering program.  Local and international wildlife volunteers and students from different fields participate at the Cikananga Wildlife Center to do meaningful work for rescued animals on Java in Indonesia.

 

#CikanangaStory – Meeting Femi and Rosie at SOCP!

11 September 2019 – In October 2018, Cikananga Wildlife Center said goodbye to the two beautiful young female orangutans, Femi and Rosie. At the time they were ready for the next step towards freedom in their natural habitat in Sumatra – by Rere Faradina Puspita.

Rosie and Femi arrived in 2016 at Cikananga, after been rescued from the traumatic illegal wildlife trade, where Rosie was even found in a post package! At Cikananga we tried to compensate this terrible experience after they arrived. We put much time in enabling Femi and Rosie to learn wild survival skills as much as possible at their young age. So multiple times per day they were outside, with the Cikananga vet or Hanneke, where they learned to climb, find food and stay physically fit.

But our greatest wish was to translocate the two young orangutans to a specialized center called SOCP, what happened now a year ago. Now nearly a year later, we receive really good news that they are moved to the next step : They have been transferred the SOCP Orangutan Reintroduction Center in Jambi, managed by SOCP’s partner, the Frankfurt Zoological Society.


It is a semi wild reintroduction center that focusses on the rehabilitation of different orangutan candidates for release until they can be fully released to the wild.  Giving Rosie and Femi a chance to go back to the wild is one of the main reasons why we work so hard to help Indonesian wild animals at Cikananga.

Hanneke was the primary caretaker of Femi and Rosie for more than two years at the Cikananga Wildlife Center. She finally got the chance to fly to Sumatra and visit the two young orangutans in the new environment. After the Jakarta-Jambi flight, she had to continue her journey by car for 5 hours to get to the reintroduction center where Femi and Rosie are today.  Arriving in the afternoon, Hanneke was just in time to see the last feeding of the orangutans for that day. Welcomed by the staffs, keepers, and veterinarians, she was invited to join them on the feeding.

Suddenly, there was something different from one of the orangutans. One of them made a loud happy noise when Hanneke and the group arrive on site. Of course, that was Rosie! Femi also moved a bit closer and showed interest to Hanneke by stretching her hand. After taking care of them for more than two years, the orangutans clearly still remember her. It was a very emotional and happy moment for both Hanneke and the two orangutans. Even today Hanneke still has no words to explain what she felt at that time. All the exhaustion of the long trip dissapeared and turned into happiness. It was a really happy afternoon in the Reintroduction Center.

 

Both orangutans are doing really well and are healthy. Femi looks a lot more mature and larger compared to the time she left Cikananga, while Rosie is still the same old Rosie: Always happy, playful and still looking great! They are not in the same enclosure anymore because Femi is already a candidate for release, probably sooner than Rosie who needs a bit more time rehabilitating. Femi is placed with two young male orangutans. While Rosie still needs to go through some extra steps for rehabilitation it is expected she can be released to the wild as well. Rosie now lives in a enclosure shared with three other young orangutans, including Cice, her new best friend.

Hanneke returned to Cikananga after meeting both Femi and Rosie. She spent one night there before here return to Java the next day. At the time she could’t wait to share this amazing experience with all the people in Cikananga Wildlife Center who look forward to hearing about the lovely Femi and Rosie. She hopes both of them can soon be released to the wild and live happily there. She is very thankful for the opportunity to visit the girls again!

Hike with Wanicare – Wandelen voor Wanicare

6 September 2019 – For our Dutch followers / Voor onze Nederlandse volgers:

We hebben veel bereikt in de afgelopen jaren dankzij de bijdragen van donateurs en de hulp van vrijwilligers. Echter, er blijven altijd nog vele uitdagingen over! Om dit werk voort te kunnen zetten heeft Wanicare jullie steun hard nodig. Daarom organiseren we een wandeltocht op 13 Oktober 2019, in de omgeving van het officiële Wanicare locatie nabij Balkbrug.

Stichting Wanicare is een Nederlandse non-profit organisatie die in 2009 is opgericht om het Cikananga Wildlife Center in
Indonesië te helpen met hun missie om wilde dieren en de natuur te beschermen. Onderweg is er koffie en een presentatie door oprichter Willemijn Eggen.

Wreathed hornbills moved to a spacious rehabilitation enclosure!

14 August 2019 – Earlier this year Cikananga received of a dozen young Hornbills after they were confiscated from the illegal trade. After their quarantine period and realizing a suitable enclosure, we are happy to see that they are finally in a comfortable place. In the coming period we keep a very close eye on them to ensure the group find its way well together.

Additionally, we are taking new steps towards releases, hopefully in the near future. We want to thank Ouwehand Zoo Foundation for their incredible help realizing this high-welfare enclosure, as this is a very welcome addition to our capacity in Cikananga considering the huge inflow of confiscated birds.

The wreathed hornbill (Rhyticeros undulatus) species is listed on the The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018 as Vulnerable.

Please find a video on Facebook and Instagram.

RAM workshop at Cikananga

30 July 2019 – Knowledge sharing is key! To do so, a large group meets at the Cikananga Wildlife Center for the Amphibian Management Workshop (RAM) 2019, organized together with Indonesia Herpetofauna Foundation, Chester Zoo and the BKSDA (Indonesian Forestry Department).

Javan warty pigs rescued to Cikananga

29 July 2019 – In close cooperation with Chester Zoo led Javan Species Recovery Programme (JaSpeR) very recently two Javan warty pigs were rescue to Cikananga. As they were advertised for sale on Facebook the team was able to rescue them from illegal trading. The Javan warty pigs are classified as Endangered on the IUCN Red List but are not nationally protected in Indonesia. Luckily efforts are made by Chester Zoo and the Cikananga Conservation Breeding Centre (CCBC) to prevent the extinction of this declining species following decades of trophy hunting and as they are used of dog-pig fight training.

The CCBC organisation at Cikananga (among other (critically) endangered species) breeds Java warty pigs and works on reintroductions at Baluran National Park in East Java. The two individuals are now placed in quiet corner of the centre to where they are now on supervision of the vet team in quarantine conditions. They are doing well. More information on the Javan warty pig efforts at CCBC and JaSpeR through this link on the Chester Zoo website.

Release of Silvery gibbon who was rescued to Cikananga

26 July 2019 – A release of Silvery gibbons by West Java’s Center for Natural Resources Conservation BBKSDA Jawa Barat and The Aspinall Foundation Indonesia. One of the pair is Inge, who was rescued to Cikananga in October 2018, and she is released together with Boris in the Patenggang Nature Reserve. We are very happy to know they are back in the wild again! See this link for more information.