Lion Foundation and Wanicare / Cikananga Wildlife Center join forces for survival of Javan leopards

22 december 2017 – We are very proud to announce that the Lion Foundation (Stichting Leeuw) is a new partner for our Javan Leopard Release Program. With their support we start in 2018 the first habitat assessments for potential release sites of the Javan leopard, currently classified as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List.

Javan Leopard stichting Leeuw Wanicare Cikananga

This is a crucial step for wild Javan leopards in captivity that can contribute to the survival of the species in the wild. These assessments will also provide important insight in the current situation of the remaining population. With possibly less than 100 mature individuals in the wild the help of The Loin Foundation is incredibly important.

Next to this the Hoenderdaell Foundation will support Wanicare and Cikananga Wildlife Center with activities to develop cassowary enclosures, research for cassowary species and our Raptor Release Program.

The Lion Foundation was founded in 2011 and rescues felines like retired circus Lions from all over Europe to their facilities at the Hoenderdaell Animal Park in the Netherlands. The Lion Foundation and Hoenderdaell aim to give rescued animals a future and bring big cats back to the wild.

More info on the Javan Leopard Release Program can be found here.

Many thanks, also on behalf of the animals in Cikananga!