Thanks to all visitors of the Wanicare fundraiser

22 January 2018 – We want to thank everyone who visited us last Sunday in Balkbrug for the annual Wanicare Fundraiser Concert. With the kind help of all of you we raised a very helpful amount. We are very happy to share our story of the last year and to re-engage with many friends who are supporting Wanicare.

We would like to thank Carmen Hovestad and Micha Wink for the amazing performance!

Many thanks again, on behalf of the animals and the board of Stichting Wanicare
Willemijn Eggen

Rescue operation, many young animals arrive in Cikananga

15 January 2018 – Earlier this week we received a number of very young, illegally traded animals in neglected condition. Among them are a Leopard cat, 3 Lutungs, 2 snakes and 2 baby owls. All are confiscated from a trader in the Jakarta area.

We estimate that the Lutungs are only 3 to 4 months old and they are constantly screaming for attention as they are probably taken from their mother very recently. Also the other animals are very vocal but all are gradually eating and drinking better under close supervision of our vet and supporting staff. In addition to these animals we also received another Pangolin that demands a very specific and costly diet.

With these new arrivals our (financial) resources are under pressure, all help is welcome to relieve these animals with the best medical support, diets and care.

If you want to help, please donate through our donate page or with a transfer a donation to IBAN: NL65ABNA0515544981 with BIC number: ABNANL2A to the bank account of ‘Wanicare Foundation’.

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Watch us on German Television!

6 January 2018 – This Sunday morning at 9:25 the Slow lorises of Cikananga are starring in a full episode of ‘Anna and the Wildlife’ on the ARD channel in Germany. Episodes can also be found in the link below after the first broadcast. In the first episode our staff member Roel Jansen shows reporter Anna around Cikananga and takes her to the research site of Litte Fire Face Project near Garut. Please find the episodes here: LINK


In every episode Anna travels the world to show German children exciting wildlife. Next week another episode is coming up focusing on Gibbons, here Cikananga also plays an important part featuring vet Wahyu Hananto and Wanicare Manager Roel Jansen.

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!

First Javan leopard enters the Rehabilitation Enclosure

19 december 2017 – This week was a big moment for the Javan leopards in Cikananga as Wayhu enters the largest enclosure of this new complex that was built with the support of our partner FOUR PAWS. We rescued Wahyu earlier this year after a serious conflict situation in the Cianjur area. In the spacious enclosures the six Javan leopards in Cikananga can start their rehabilitation process. It’s designed to fit their natural behaviour and this is stimulated by climbing structures on different heights, hiding places, pools and elevated resting places above the ground in a near natural setting with minimal human contact.

With this enclosure we can take an important step for captive Javan Leopards that potentially can return to the wild. Considering the Critically Endangered status with estimations between ‘possibly less than 100’ to a ‘maximum of 250 adults’ in the wild the coming years will be crucial for the survival of the Javan leopard. In the next week will announce more good news as the Javan Leopard Release Program continues in 2018. Please find a video on Youtube by clicking on the image below.

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We are incredibly happy and thankful for the support from our partner FOUR PAWS to realize this enclosure.

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


Successful release in Cikepuh!

13 December 2017 – Successful releases in Cikepuh National Reserve earlier this week as two Asian small clawwed otters, a Barking deer and a Leopard cat returned to the wild! Take a look at the video for some joyful footage of these happenings. Cikananga takes a role in the revitalization of the Cikepuh National Reserve that is recovering after years of increased human activity like logging, cattle grazing and hunting. Now the situation gets better there is also a safe place for animals and many more will follow. Video on Facebook!

vlcsnap-2017-12-13-15h17m02s151We want to thanks Biofarma for supporting the Cikepuh Release Program

Release this week at Cikepuh

9 December 2017 – In the last days different animals were moved into transport boxes for their last trip, back to the wild at the Cikepuh Nature Reserve. In the coming days 2 otters, 1 leopard cat and 1 deer will be released. Our crew is now in Cikepuh for the last preparations before the actual releases.

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-> Stay tuned for more updates in the coming week! Want to help animals get back to the wild? Please contact or donate at our homepage.

Heavy storm hits Cikananga

2 December 2017 – As 2 cyclones are active near the south coast of Java, yesterday many trees fall down inside the center. First and most important: No animals got hurt. But one huge tree smashed the dome where one of the Javan Hawk Eagles was located. We were able to rescue the eagle directly after the storm to another facility. Sadly, this enclosure is completely ruined. On different locations in the center trees fell down as well, but luckily no one or any other facilities were hit.

Wanicare Cikananga Tree Help damage

Of course we can use all help to rebuild this enclosure, it was one of our better enclosures… Rebuilding cost will likely be at least 3000 to 4000 dollars, so if you If you like to help please contact us or find a donate button on our homepage (Paypal) or let us know if you know organisations or individuals who would like to help us.


Rescue: Critically Endangered Pangolin arrives in Cikananga

17 November 2017 – In the last weeks we received another worrying wildlife trade case: A Sunda Pangolin, we called her Penny and she is Critically Endangered. Sadly we are legally bound to await the court case against the trader before we can release her back to the wild, and it’s unclear how long this will take. We are very happy with the help we received to make sure we can take care for her in the meantime.

Different sources state that Pangolins account for up to 20% of all the wildlife trade, so Pagolin species are heavily under threat. Their scales are believed to contain medical powers, which is of course utter nonsense. To address this situation Pangolins species are all listed on the IUCN Red List, ranging from Vulnerable to Critically Endangered.

Al help is welcome to care for Penny, she is such an magnificent and peaceful animal…. Please contact us to help her and the many other animals in Cikananga that are under threat.

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