Six Javan Slow lorises handed over to IAR for release

16 March 2019 – Six Javan Slow lorises were handed over to International Animal Rescue Indonesia. At IAR they will get a second chance to live a life in the wild. Last night all lorises arrived safely at IAR. These critically endangered animals a under great threat of the international wildlife trade. As  Cikananga rescued many of them in the past years,we are very happy to see these individuals are fit enough for a second life in the wilderness.

Cikananga & Wanicare celebrate WorldWildlifeDay

3 March 2019 – The Cikananga Wildlife Center and Wanicare celebrate UN #WorldWildlifeDay. Since the start of Cikananga in 2001 and Wanicare (since 2009) thousands of animals have found a home at Cikananga. Every day we try to improve the circumstance for the animals by training our awesome staff, new and improved enclosures, extensive enrichment, better diets, alliances with other organisations and we develop release program to ensure that all animals, if possible, can live a life in the wild. We run solely on the support of donations and volunteers who support our work for the many animals who are victim of the wildlife trade or lost their habitat, don’t hesitate if you want to help as well…

Photo’s by Nikki Dodd, Ben and Robyn.

Successful otter introduction and a finished quarantine

19 February 2019 – A successful introduction with our residents otters Molly and Oliver. Oliver has been alone his whole life, and since otters are such social animals we are glad we could partner him up with Molly. It has been lovely to watch them together while they can’t get enough of eachother.

The quarantine is ready now, although we will have to put some paint on it! The quarantine is crucially important for the well being of newly arrived otters who need to be separated from other otters to check for sicknesses and wait for lab tests. Thanks to all supporters such as Humane Society International Australia of the Project Sero for otters in Cikananga.

Mongabay on Cikananga’s & Wanicare’s conservation efforts

7 January 2019 – Mongabay publishes a article about the conservation efforts of Cikananga and Wanicare. Staff member and Inge Tielen comments on rescue efforts of  yellow-crested cockatoo’s and other birds who were rescued to Cikananga Wildlife Rescue Center in the past. The Mongabay article can be found here:  Indonesia confiscated some 200 pet cockatoos. What happened to them?

The cockatoos stuffed in plastic bottles, confiscated from a smuggler in 2015. These birds from the article were not rescued to Cikananga. Image by Petrus Riski for Mongabay.

10 Years Wanicare Celebration Concert!

6 January 2019 – We are celebrating our 10 year anniversary! For all our Dutch followers:

In 2019 bestaat Wanicare 10 jaar! Dit willen we vieren tijdens het jaarlijkse benefiet concert. Naast een schitterend concert van Laura Kits en Hubert Eggen willen we dit jaar het 10-jarig jubileum van Wanicare vieren met een terugblik naar de enorme ontwikkeling die we dankzij jullie steun hebben kunnen realiseren en een vooruitblik.

Laura Kits en Hubert Eggen spelen een schitterend concert met nummers van Laura’s oude en nieuwe album. Samen toeren ze momenteel door Nederland. Laura laat zich inspireren door artiesten zoals Carrie Underwood en Miranda Lambert, maar ook door Bruce Springsteen, The Beatles en the Eagles.

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Het benefietconcert wordt zoals elk jaar weer mede mogelijk gemaakt door Rooth – Dedemsvaart.

Cockatoos stolen from Cikananga

17 December 2019 – Last Thursday morning our team was shocked and saddened to find out that one pair of palm cockatoos were stolen in the night of Wednesday 12 December. Traces indicate that criminals broke into the back of the gated rescue center grounds and moved their way into the middle of the center using natural cover. The lock of the Cockatoo enclosure was broken and evidence of the taking of these birds were found inside the cage. We are determined to find these beautiful and vulnerable palm cockatoos back and therefore ask everyone to please report immediately to the closest BKSDA, Gakkum or using the online application (link below) when you see a palm cockatoo on the market or at someone’s place. LINK

Rescue operation from illegal trade: Massive inflow of animals in Cikananga!

8 December 2018 – In the past days we have been involved in 5 different rescue operations which include 73 animals that need to be housed in Cikananga and even more are on their way to Cikananga. Many were trafficked in horrible conditions, like the Peacocks in plastic bags packed up in a truck. But now they are relieved from the trauma in Cikananga.

Among them are 2 Sulphur Crested Cockatoo’s, 12 Crocodiles, 2 Ornate Lorikeet, 6 Blue Backed parrots, 45 Peacocks, 2 Red junglefows and 2 juvenile Wreated Hornbills. As we are working around the clock to give these animals a proper quarantine enclosure, we are desperate for help. Al help is welcome to make the best of the situation and provide these vulnerable animals suitable care they need. If you can help us, please donate.

New enclosure for young primates ready!

3 December 2018 – Amazing news! The newest enclosure in Cikananga is one we hope to realize already a very long time. As many young primates become victim of illegal trade, they are rescued into our care. But as these young primates need care around the clock, we had no other option than to put them in sub optimal enclosures inside the clinic, occupying the little room we have. Luckily with a generous donation we have been able to built a specifically designed enclosure right next to our clinic so the young and vulnerable primates can have both around the clock care as well a proper spacious enclosure where they can learn how to climb in an very closed of environment to limited the interaction with our staff, which helps them to stay wild and act upon their instincts. Last week gibbon Mowgli was placed inside the enclosure and he seems very pleased! We would like to thank Stichting Nijdier for their great help realizing this enclosure, it’s wonderful!

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Youtube Gibbon Cikananga Wildlife Wanicare