First International Clouded Leopard Day II

3 August 2018 – Only one day before International Clouded Leopard Day! Not many people know but there is actually two species of Clouded Leopards!  Neofelis nebulosa are found from the foothills of Nepal, across to China, and all the way down South in to Thailand and Malaysia!  Neofelis diardi is found only on Sumatra and Borneo! Whilst very similar the two species have some marked differences that allow them to adapt to their environments- N.Diardi has many more spots and is often darker that the mainland species- perhaps for the denser tropical environments it lives in, and also has much longer canine teeth! Why is this important? Because small variations between populations allow the different subspecies to adapt slightly differently and survive and thrive better! In fact, it is thought the two species are now as different from each other genetically as they are to lions or tigers! Never judge a book by it’s cover! More information about International Clouded Leopard Day can be found at



The first Clouded Leopard day is coming up!

1 August 2018 – For the first time, institutions and people around the world are celebrating International Clouded Leopard Day on August 4th 2018! Two Zookeepers from Howlett’s Wild Animal Park, and the Aspinall Foundation in Kent, United Kingdom, started this initiative to introduce the world to these amazing but little-known and endangered cats!

Not many people know but Cikananga also has one BEAUTIFUL Clouded Leopard named Captain, rescued from illegal animal traders in 2015! Cikananga and Wanicare are also joining in the celebrations and will be spreading the word to all our followers about these amazing animals- please follow our page over the next few days in the led up to August 4th to learn more about Clouded Leopards! Howlett’s has been helping to conserve Clouded Leopards for many decades, by repatriating some back to Cambodia for breeding programs, made donations to help in-situ research and conservation projects, as well as maintaining Europe’s largest colony of clouded leopards as a vitally important insurance population of this spectacular species.   Cikananga also has worked with Howlett’s and the Aspinall Foundation’s Endangered Primate Center right here in Java to assist with the rehabilitation and release of Javan Gibbons and Javan Langur! More information about International Clouded Leopard Day can be found at #internationalcloudedleopardday #cikanangawildlifecenter #cikananga #wanicare #cloudedleopards #whenthebuyingstopsthekillingstopstoo #howletts #aspinallsfoundation #cloudedleopard #leopard #conservation #wildlife



Confiscation on bird-market

18 July 2018 – Not only eagles were confiscates, the police confiscate also eleven sunbirds from the market last week and they were brought to us yesterday. Sadly some of the sunbirds did not survive the journey and the remaining are still recovering from their ordeal. We are working hard to help the remaining birds to get in good shape…

Wanicare birds Cikananga rescue

Wanicare birds confiscation Cikananga rescue

Release: Owls fly to freedom

14 July 2018 – Great news for the owls that arrived months earlier with us in Cikananga, they will have a soft release which enables us to check on them easier and the night camera keeps track of them…


Rescue of endangered slow loris in our clinic

7 July 2018 – A recent arrival, a Javan Slow loris. Critically endangered and find often in the illegal trade. This individual spends the first weeks in clinic for observation closely monitored by our vets. And hopefully a release back to wild is possible…


Interested in volunteering work in the rescue center or internships for wildlife conservation? Contact please visit our volunteer or internship page.

Students work on renewed enrichment in Cikananga

In the coming weeks we will share updates about the renewed enrichment program that we developed over the last months. Today we start with the slow lorises, clouded leopard and the Hecki macaques!

With great help of different students and volunteers that helped develop the enrichment program, we are happy to see even more physical and mental activity for the animals in the Cikananga rescue center! Many thanks!

Want to join us as an conservation / wildlife / (para) veterinarian student or a an volunteer? Check the our internship or volunteer page.

Wanicare Slow loris Cikananga enrichment

Wanicare Hecki Cikananga enrichment

Wanicare Leopard Cikananga enrichment

Wanicare volunteer rescue center Cikananga


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Orang Utan Help provides us an anaesthesia machine!

9 June 2018 – Last month we received a completely refurbished anaesthesia machine with the wonderful help of Orang Utan Help Lëtzebuerg a.s.b.l It’s an amazing addition to our clinic and makes a great difference to provide the best possible medical treatment to the 350 animals that are in Cikananga.Also the help of IAR Indonesia for the renewal is very much appreciated!

Cikananga Wanicare clinic improvement

Thanks on behalf of the animals!

Aeres students in Cikananga do impressive work!

2 June 2018 – The students of Aeres MBO from Almere who visited Cikananga already left last week, but they did some impressive work in and around Cikananga. New enrichment for many animals, wildlife workshops, bird habitat examinations, planting of trees in the Takokak Reserve and much much more! Many thanks again and see you in Cikananga!

Want to visit Cikananga as a student? Take a look at our internship page.

Cikananga Aeres stage dieren

Cikananga Aeres studenten

Cikananga Students Aeres

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Cikananga participates in Cassowary taskforce

20 May 2018 – In the last months Cikananga was involved in important steps for all confiscated Cassowaries in Indonesia. As relocating Cassowaries to Papua is very challenging and needs support from various organizations that met first in in Cikananga and later in Papua to conduct workshops. This group consists of Indonesian wildlife rescue center PPS Tasikok, ASTI Bogor, Cikananga Wildlife Center (PPSC), the involved local authorities BKSDA West Java, BKSDA Papua and Dinas Papua and enablers Blue Forrest, Freeport and USAID. The workshops were organized to create an action plan regarding legalization, quarantine procedures and cooperation between all involved parties. Director of Cikananga Wildlife Center Resit Sozer headed the group of 3 Cikananga staff members participating in the workshops.

Cikananga Cassowary Wanicare Papua

We are striving to bring back all Cassowaries back to Papua that were confiscated from the illegal trade on different islands in Indonesia in the past years. Also, this program aims to be a stepping stone for the numerous other species from Papua that are under treat and develop (related) conservation programs.

Cikananga Papua Wanicare Cassowary

More updates to follow in the coming months!


Cikananga rescue team turns out to Javan Leopard

18 May 2018 – Yesterday the Cikananga Widlife Center Rescue Team was involved in a rescue effort for a very young Javan Leopard as it was discovered under a house in the Sukabumi area near the Gede Pangrango National Park. After a medical check and careful consideration that included the BKSDA authorities, National Park staff, Taman Safari staff and our vet it was decided to release the animal at the National Park to provide an opportunity to regroup with the mother.

Cikananga Javan Leopard Wanicare1

Cikananga Javan Leopard Wanicare 2

More information on our Javan Leopard programme here.