We are looking for a Enrichment Coordinator

12 August 2018 – An exciting and challenging opportunity has become available at Cikananga Wildlife Center (CWC), as we are looking for an Enrichment Coordinator. We are looking for someone who will help refine and lead the enrichment program for our animals for a minimum period of 6 months.

Cikananga Wildlife Rescue Center takes care of on average 300 wild animals that are confiscated, and rescued. Providing enrichment to these animals is essential to prevent abnormal behavior since almost all animals are caught from the wild. In addition to enhancing captive welfare, it is also an important tool to trigger natural behaviors for animals that are being rehabilitated with the hope of reintroducing them back into the wild.

The coordinator of this program must be up for the challenge, you need to be organized, able to forward plan, able to work with managers, and keepers, lead a group of interns and volunteers and be resourceful and creative, working on a limited enrichment budget, utilizing existing and natural resources.

More info here: Enrichment Coordinator Cikananga Wanicare

Rehabilitation enclosure is rebuild after the storm

12 August 2018 – Remember the dome enclosure that was crushed after the storm last year? Look at this! With the great help of Orang Utan Help Lëtzebuerg a.s.b.l we rebuild it, even bigger and better! Soon the first Eagles of the Cikananga Raptor Program will move in.


Orang Utan Help Letzenbuerg Wanicare Cikananga

Enrichment by wildlife volunteers for the otters

10 August 2018 – Our program for enrichment keeps all animals busy, physically and mentally. Today the otters were surprised by the wildlife volunteers with a floating raft… All the animals in the rescue center get regularly different kinds of enrichment, made by the volunteers or wildlife interns under the supervision of our keepers.


Want to know more about volunteering or internships at the Cikananga Rescue Center? Take at look our volunteering page here.

International Clouded Leopard Day is here!

August 4 2018 – Today is the first ever International Clouded Leopard Day- so we are going to bombard you with some amazing Quick Facts about Clouded Leopards! Clouded Leopards have some amazing adaptations that make them unique even among their closest big cat relatives!

– They have exceptionally elongated canine teeth in relation to skull size- making their skulls looks very similar to Sabre tooth cats with some anatomists and evolutionary biologists think they are closely related! They are designed to sever veins and spinal cords of their rather than suffocate prey like other cats! Gruesome!
– Clouded leopards are highly adapted for dense rainforest habitat- Unlike other medium to large cats they are highly arboreal- meaning they live and even hunt in high trees! They have special designed ankle joints that mean they can climb exceptionally well- they can run face first down trees, pounce between trees and even hang by their hind feet from branches! Their short stature gives them a low center of gravity and their remarkably long tails give them extra balance high in the trees!

– Clouded leopards get their name from their unique cloud like patterning which helps to breakup the outline of their body in low light and forested conditions- and they are mainly nocturnal or crepuscular- meaning they are active most when the sun is rising or falling- giving them even more of a edge with their amazing coat patterns when hunting prey!
– Sadly these amazing highly specialised adaptions have made Clouded Leopards are even more threatened as the require primary and undisturbed rainforest to use these amazing adaptions to live and hunt.
– More information about International Clouded Leopard Day can be found at



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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