New slowlorises enclosure

new cage

Nature & Science programs of NHK enterprises from Japan is in film crewCikananga Wildlife Center right now to make a documentary on our slowlorises. Great to see the attention! They also supported us with a new slowlorises enclosure, where we of course are very thankful for!



7Dennis is a baby orangutan who was confiscated on February 21 2015 from an illegal trader by JAAN. Dennis was torn away from the arms of his mother in sumatran forests and most probably his mother was brutally killed by palm oil workers.
Normally, Dennis would still be loved and cared for by his mother for at least another 6 years, gaining the skills and knowledge needed for an independent existence and the love needed for personal development. A mother orangutan will never let go of her baby without putting her own life at risk.

Palmoil plantations are developing rapidly for which primary rainforests are being destroyed and orangutans such as all other fauna and flora we can find only in these rich rain forests covering Indonesia are the victim.
Dennis is now intensively cared for at wildlife center Cikananga where he can gain strength and confidence before he can be relocated to the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program.

Please help us raise awareness for Dennis’s cause. Dennis lost his mother and his home. Please let us avoid other orangutans and other wildlife from this horrific fate and get Dennis’ story out there.


9 (3)After we received the news that these animals were coming to cikananga, our whole team feverishly prepared appropriate quarantine enclosures and the clinic for all the new animals that would be arriving. We had no idea what kind of condition the animals would be in since the confiscation was kept secret until the last minute, as the confiscation team didn’t want to risk the trader getting rid of the animals before they arrived and could safely collect them. After they arrived in Cikananga, we brought in the animals one by one into the clinic to receive a full health check to better assess their needs.

With so many people helping, at times it was a bit manic but eventually all the animals got safely into their new enclosures in our quarantine buildings. All the animals health wise were in poor body condition assumable from mal-nutrition and previous lack of veterinary care. The animals who needed intensive care such as the babies and the ill once were put in the clinic for our veterinary team to give them around the clock intensive care.
In total we received: 1 short-tailed spotted cuscus, 1 Pesquet’s parrot, 1 Salmon-crested cockatoo, 1 Black-capped lorry, 1 Sun bear, 1 Leopard cat, 1 Sumatra Orangutan, 2 Western tarsiers, 2 White cockatoo’s, 2 Heck’s macaques, 3 Palm cockatoo’s, 4 Sulphur-crested cockatoo’s, 1 Yellow-Crested cockatoo, 1 Black hornbill, 2 Blyth’s hornbill’s, 2 Knobbed hornbill’s , 3 Rhinoceros hornbill’s.

The animals are still housed in our quarantines until their tests return and the appropriate isolation period for each individual species is met.

Because many of our animal enclosures are already occupied, we would like to start working on building new spacious, natural enclosures whish satisfies the needs of the species, to fit each individual.

11Happily all the animals are starting to relax and enjoy their new healthy diet and appropriate enclosures.
The babies and young animals, such as Dennis the orang-utan, Ben-Ben the sun bear, Pauli the Palm cockatoo and Billy the Knobbed hornbill are still in need of extra intensive care, and also the Salmon-crested cockatoo and one of the other Palm cockatoo because wounds and poor body condition due malnutrition.


These animals are currently evidence in the court case against the people in charge of their sales. This means that 8they have to stay in Cikananga until the case is cleared, which could take a very long time. After this period of time we are hoping to send them to species specific centers for their rehabilitation and eventual release back into the wild.
All of these animals need your support and assistance!



As you can imagine with all of these extra animals we desperately need funding for their food, new enclosures, medical treatment and enrichment items. Any little bit helps!




Very soon we will start with the building of a new enclosure for our orang-utans Noni and Dodo (and for other orang-utans that may will arrive in the future at Cikananga Wildlife Center).

Noni and Dodo arrived at cikananga in 2008, they were kept as pets by a family in Bogor. Both of them were bought at a marked in Jakarta as babies. The first few years they lived inside the house as part of the family. When they grew bigger, were more curious and started to break stuff, they were moved outside the house in a terrible concrete, barred cage. There was no furniture or anything else inside the cage! They lived in this cage for a few years until the owner realised this wasn’t a good situation for Noni and Dodo and handed them over to PPSC.

When they arrived in Cikananga they were in bad physical condition, especially Dodo. He was skinny and had a terrible appearance. Both of them were very attached to human, they loved to get attention and didn’t show much natural behaviour. Until November 2010 Noni and Dodo were housed in a cage normally used for small primates. The reason was a lack of a bigger cage for them that was ‘’orang-utan proof’’. Besides that, we didn’t expect them to stay so long in Cikananga. Happily with the support of Orangutan Outreach we could prepare 2 of our carnivore cages for Noni and Dodo. In December 2010 they were moved to this enclosure.

2Noni and Dodo didn’t showed much natural behaviour at arrival in Cikananga. From the beginning it was clear to us it would be very difficult to release these two orang-utans back to their natural habitat. Even with this knowledge we hoped, with the right care and rehabilitation, it would be possible to release them back to the wild. We’ve tried to send them to Nyaru Menteng. We started the procedure for the translocation in 2009 and in 2010 we received the Ok from Nyaru Menteng (NM). But after the arrangement of the SATDN (permits), NM refused it because they were full again. After this we tried to move them to Bali Zoo, which wanted to make an island for them inside the zoo. Unfortunately, after arranging all the permits, the animal transport in or outside Bali wasn’t allowed anymore because of rabies. In the beginning of 2012 we tried to arrange the translocation to NM again, but NM was still full.3 Even if they would’ve had space, they weren’t sure they wanted to have Noni and Dodo. They were already two big orang-utans at this time who had lived in captivity most of their lives. The chance they could be released back to the wild is very slim.

Because the change that we will find a good permanent home for them is very slim we decided that we will give them lifetime care in Cikananga Wildlife Center. Therefore we will make a new enclosure for them with a lot of space so we can give them the best possible life in captivity.

We don’t have enough funding yet for the building of the whole enclosure, so we will start first with the building of one enclosure and hope to collect money for the rest of the building in the meantime.









Big confiscation in Bandung!

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On Saturday 21 February 2015 a big confiscation took place in Bandung.

The wildlife trader who was kept in the loop since a while by the wildlife crime unit team consisting of the National Police Unit and sisterorganizations COP & JAAN which resulted In the succesfull confiscation of many individual animals belonging to 14 different wildlife species, all critically endangered on the CITES Red List (;

  • 1 baby orangoetan (Pongo Pygmaeus sumatrensis), Sumatra
  • 1 baby sunbear (Helarctos malayanus), probably from Sumatra
  • 3 Palmcockatoos (Probosciger aterrimus), Papua
  • Yellow Crested Cockatoos (Cacatua sulphurea)
  • 3 (Macaca Hecki) Sulawesi
  • 2 Tarsiers (Tarsius tarsier) probably from Sulawesi
  • 1 Kus Kus (Ailurops ursinus), from Papua
  • 8 Knobbed Hornbills (Aceros cassidix), from Sulawesi
  • 1 Pesquet Parrot (Psittrichas fulgidus)
  • 1 Lory (Lorius lory)
  • 1 Salmon-Crested cocatoo (Cacatua Moluccensis) Seram island
  • 1 Leopard cat (Felis bengalensis)

The trader was operating his business on Facebook and was a supplier to zoos in Europe, Russia and the Middle East. The animals were being kept in appalling conditions and were suffering. The trader is awaiting further legal process and will be sentenced for the violation of biodiversity law Number 5, 1990. The animals are now well cared for under the Wanicare foundation and await further rehabilitation. Practical supplies such as milk and medicine are much needed!

If you would like to help sponsor the care for these animals please donate.
Thank you for your help !

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