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Today in #AnimalsofCikananga: The Javan Leopards

10 August 2017 – #AnimalsofCikananga, today: The Javan Leopards – (Panthera Pardus Melas) IUCN: Critically Endangered

Javan Leopard Wanicare 2017

Currently there are 6 Javan Leopards in Cikananga, who all once lived in the wild. To put that in perspective: With possibly less than 100 individuals left in the wild, this could be 6% (!) of the complete wild population and numbers are declining. We have dedicated much of our small resources to the Javan Leopards as we think we change the future and help secure the survival of this species. We have named this the ‘Javan Leopard Release Program’. This program will help to expand the population, and provides important information about releasing Javan Leopards as there is no release experience at all with this species.

Most Javan Leopards in Cikananga are victim of a conflict with humans: As the habitats shrink it’s impossible for to find their own solitary habitat: As their last resort they go to a village to find a goat, chickens or else. There they get captured and if an immediate return is impossible, our rescue team can only take them to Cikananga.

In the coming months we  will move all Leopards to the new facilities that we are building in Cikananga which will be the first major step in a return to the wild. We hope to realize release in the coming years, but we cannot do this without support from individuals and organisations. Do you want to make a difference!? Please help #SAVETHEJAVANLEOPARD before it’s too late and donate.

More on our Javan Leopard Release Program can be found here

In the July and August of this year we share a series of photo’s we call #AnimalsofCikananga. With this series we hope to give some insights and backgrounds on the rescued animals that are here in Cikananga and are so typical for the many challenges wild animals face in Indonesia.

Of course, we also hope to raise some extra attention to the work we do for the animals, the –very often-  tragic situations and hope to find some help, financially or otherwise. Please like, share, tag and tell your friends, and help us save the wildlife.

Photo: Iing Naturalica

Today in #AnimalsofCikananga: Pino, yellow-crested cockatoo

5 August 2017 – Today in #AnimalsofCikananga: Pino, yellow-crested cockatoo (Cacatua sulphurea) IUCN: Critically Endangered

Cockatoo wanicare 2017 II
Easily confused with the larger sulphur-crested cockatoo, this species looks similar but is quite a bit smaller. Also, the yellow-crested cockatoo is in contrast to the sulphur-crested Critically endangered with estimated less than 7000. That’s hardly any wonder, considering there was a legal export of more than 100.000 in the 1980’s: The number of individuals in the wild declined dramatically and even today the illegal trade in this species is still going strong: Like the case of Pino who arrived in 2016. As Pino is very socialized after a life with much human interaction, a return to the wild is impossible as for many of the birds in Cikananga. But a volunteer started a little crowdfunding for a new, larger outside enclosure. Want to help as well? Follow this link as it’s the last week for the crowdfunding and we still a bit more to complete the enclosure! http://www.wanicare.com/how-to-help/mariekes-crowdfunding
 
 
In the July and August of this year we share a series of photo’s we call #AnimalsofCikananga. With this series we hope to give some insights and backgrounds on the rescued animals that are here in Cikananga and are so typical for the many challenges wild animals face in Indonesia.
Of course, we also hope to raise some extra attention to the work we do for the animals, the –very often- tragic situations and hope to find some help, financially or otherwise. Please like, share, tag and tell your friends, and help us save the wildlife.
 
Thanks! Marieke Tjebbes
Photo: Roel Jansen

Today in #AnimalsofCikananga: Eppa, Knobbed Hornbill

3 August 2017 – Today in #AnimalsofCikananga: Eppa, Knobbed Hornbill (Aceros cassidix) IUCN: Vulnerable

Hornbill Wanicare 2017
Meet Eppa, a stunningly beautiful hornbill that normally lives on Sulawesi and likes to nest in large trees op to 50 meter. And that’s a problem: These trees are cut down in an alarming speed. The diminishing habitat is not the only reasons of the problems: Sadly, according to some badly informed believers their majestic red horn has medical powers that heals all kinds of things. Of course it’s nonsense but sadly one of the reasons of their Vulnerable status. Eppa is now in Cikananga since 2015 after a confiscation from an illegal trader who tried to get him out of the country: Big money is payed for this species on the black market.
As many different Hornbills came to Cikananga, Eppa is the only Knobbed Hornbill. As we have some good news coming up for the Hornbills in the form of a structured program for release purposes, Eppa could benefit in the future as well. Still all help is needed to release this: Please let us know or donate to us.
In the meantime: Stay tuned, because in the coming weeks we will share more great news about the hornbills!
 
In the coming weeks we are sharing pictures in a series we call #AnimalsofCikananga.
In the July and August of this year we share a series of photo’s we call #AnimalsofCikananga. With this series we hope to give some insights and backgrounds on the rescued animals that are here in Cikananga and are so typical for the many challenges wild animals face in Indonesia.
Of course, we also hope to raise some extra attention to the work we do for the animals, the –very often- tragic situations and hope to find some help, financially or otherwise. Please like, share, tag and tell your friends, and help us save the wildlife: http://www.wanicare.com/how-to-help/donations
 
Photo: Jonathan Beilby

Today in #AnimalsofCikananga, Clouded Leopard Captain

1 August 2017 – Today in #AnimalsofCikananga, Clouded Leopard (Neofelis diardi) Captain, IUCN: Vulnerably Threatened

Clouded Leopard Wanicare 2017
As part of a huge confiscation in late November 2015 Captain arrived as a young cub of about 3 months old. The only explanation is that the young Captain was poached from the wild, under the eyes of the mother since young Clouded Leopards are close to their mother. What happened to her is not clear, but we fear for the worst scenario. After a couple of months in quarantine Captain moved to a larger, outside enclosure which gives him some space to move around, although is limited and not ideal. Since he has spent almost his complete life with humans, first the traders, and of course later our keepers, he is relatively tame and this blocks a return to the wild.

Captain is an example of many animals in rescue centers these days: Healthy and strong, but without a place to go he is stuck. A return to the wild will be very hard, it’s highly doubtful whether he will survive because he lacks the skills he should have learned in his first years. Rehabilitation programs are inexistent and we as relatively small organisation do not have the means, money or facilities for a complete rehabilitation and release process for just one individual.
As we are focussing on many species we come to the conclusion that we cannot do so much for Captain as an individual. In the mean time we try to give him the best care with lots of enrichment and we are working on a larger permanent sanctuary where is welfare is guaranteed, in Cikananga or elsewhere.


In the July and August of this year we share a series of photo’s we call #AnimalsofCikananga. With this series we hope to give some insights and backgrounds on the rescued animals that are here in Cikananga and are so typical for the many challenges wild animals face in Indonesia.
Of course, we also hope to raise some extra attention to the work we do for the animals, the –very often- tragic situations and hope to find some help, financially or otherwise. Please like, share, tag and tell your friends, and help us save the wildlife: http://www.wanicare.com/how-to-help/donations

Photo: Jonathan J-Dawg Beilby

Today in #AnimalsofCikananga: Siamang Black

28 July 2017 – Today in #AnimalsofCikananga: Black, Siamang (Symphalangus syndactylus) IUCN: Threatened

Siamang Wanicare 2017

Siamang Black was handed over from a private zoo, and it was horrible and sad sight when he arrived in Cikananga: With his body completely covered in scabies the itch was so overwhelming he had no nails to scratch anymore. Also his canines were cut and as this denies him from eating some of his natural diet, so a return to the wild in Sumatra is simply impossible. There they suffer from habitat loss and poaching for the illegal pet trade… Luckily after his trauma Black recovered very good and today he is doing very well.

For animals like Black we provide a permanent sanctuary with various types of enrichment and of course professional medical care. We are very happy to improve the enrichment standards over the years and with the help of some experienced organisations and individuals we offer animals like Black physical and mental distraction and challenges in the form of nutritional supplements, climbing and swinging structures, toys, different enclosure furniture and much more. And did you know that black is easily the loudest animal of Cikananga? Male Siamangs call with a voice that reaches up to 113 decibel, and that’s well over the average human pain threshold… Keep a distance!

The dodo’s video about Dancing Macaques

27 Juli 2017 – The dodo shared a video about dancing Macaques on the streets of Jakarta. In the past years many of them spend time with us in Cikananga to socialize and rehabilitate after years of horrible suffering. We are very happy with the work Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN) to ban the “Topeng Monyet” of the streets of Jakarta, and now other cities follow.

Let’s get these magnificent animals back to the wild, where the belong! Click on the picture to play on Facebook:

Macaques Jaan Wanicare Cikananga

Today in #AnimalsofCikananga: Amazing

26 July 2017 – Today in #AnimalsofCikananga: Amazing, Sunda slow loris (Nycticebus coucang) IUCN: Vulnerable and also in Cikananaga: Javan Slow Lorises (Nycticebus javanicus) IUCN: Critically Endangered

Slowlorisses wanicare cikananga Wanicare clinic

There are many Slow lorrises in Cikanaga from Java and Sumatra. In the last years large numbers arrived in Cikananga, and often the scenes were very disturbing: Boxes full of lorrises where some of them already died and most others in terrible condition. Many did not make the first weeks because they simply could not recover from the trauma.

Poachers and traders simply get as much as possible, and don’t care that a fair percentage dies in agony. Especially the Javan Species is very much in trouble because of shrinking habitats and hunting for the illegal trade. They are categorised as Critically endangered. The peak in trade was sparked by YouTube video’s that showed lorrises being “cute” as people tickle them, but the reality is that although to the uninformed eye it looks cute, these slow lorrises are terrified and hold their defence pose. To be clear: Slow lorrises are impossible to keep as a pet.

To “make them pets” poacher often cut their teeth. Many slow lorrises in Cikananga have this problem, like Amazing. It keeps them from a return to the wild as they are not able to eat the diet they can find in their habitat. In the meanwhile we provide a permanent sanctuary for them and we work on releases for the ones that are physically fit with other organizations. We are very happy that with the help of a sponsor we realized spacious enclosures in the last year. This facilitates the rehabilitation process for the releasable individuals as well guarantee animal welfare for the ones that stay in Cikananga.

Photo by Jonathan Beilby

In the July and August of this year we share a series of photo’s we call #AnimalsofCikananga. With this series we hope to give some insights and backgrounds on the rescued animals that are here in Cikananga and are so typical for the many challenges wild animals face in Indonesia.

Of course, we also hope to raise some extra attention to the work we do for the animals, the –very often-  tragic situations and hope to find some help, financially or otherwise. Please like, share, tag and tell your friends, and help us save the wildlife: http://www.wanicare.com/how-to-help/donations

 

Today in #AnimalsofCikananga: Gerald, Indian Muntjak

22 July 2017 – Today in #AnimalsofCikananga: Gerald, Indian Muntjak, (Muntiacus muntjak) IUCN: Least concerned

 

Deer Wanicare 2017

 

Also known as the Red Muntjak or the Barking Deer this individual, Gerald arrived in 2015. Not much in know about his background but the good thing is that we know more about his future, and that’s maybe even more important. Gerald is part of a release program in the south-west of Java: The Cikepuh Reserve.

Like many habitats, this area has suffered much in the last decades from deforestation, hunting and grazing from cattle, but with new efforts to restore and protect this reserve we plan releases for different animals in the coming months. That makes us happy, as well the animals involved like Gerald. Of course we will inform you when the releases start.

In the July and August of this year we share a series of photo’s we call #AnimalsofCikananga. With this series we hope to give some insights and backgrounds on the rescued animals that are here in Cikananga and are so typical for the many challenges wild animals face in Indonesia.

Of course, we also hope to raise some extra attention to the work we do for the animals, the –very often- tragic situations and hope to find some help, financially or otherwise. Please like, share, tag and tell your friends, and help us save the wildlife: http://www.wanicare.com/how-to-help/donations

Photo by Jonathan J-Dawg Beilby

Today in #AnimalsofCikananga: Foo-foo, Western Tarsier

Today in #AnimalsofCikananga: Foo-foo, a Western Tarsier (Cephalopachus bancanus) IUCN status: Vunerable
Arguably one of the most exceptional looking animals in Cikananga, the Western Tarsiers (also known as Horsfield’s Tarsier) are not exceptional in the illegal trade. As they are very delicate not many survive the stress of being poached, handled by humans and all the stress that come with it. Foo-foo was part of a large confiscation in early 2015 from an illegal trader with many other animals that were heading for destinations in Europa, Russia and the Middle-East. Today she is doing fine and she is healthy.
Tarsier june17
These Tarsiers live on Sumatra and Kalimantan, are active in the night and are vertical clingers. To give them the space Tarsiers deserve we were helped by a sponsor to realize a rather large enclosure, with the inside covered with net to protect their delicate bodies. Moving them back to the place of origin would be our goal, but their delicate physics make such a trip challenging. At least now they are save, in a good enclosure and under the supervision of professional medical staff.

In the July and August of this year we share a series of photo’s we call #AnimalsofCikananga. With this series we hope to give some insights and backgrounds on the rescued animals that are here in Cikananga and are so typical for the many challenges wild animals face in Indonesia.Of course, we also hope to raise some extra attention to the work we do for the animals, the -very often- tragic situations and hope to find some help, financially or otherwise. Please like, share, tag and tell your friends, and help us save the wildlife:
http://www.wanicare.com/how-to-help/donations

Photo by: Roel Jansen

Photo update Leopard Enclosure

17 Juli 2017 – A snap shot of the Leopard Rehabilitation enclosure we are building with in partnership with FOUR PAWS. After the Idul Fitri national holiday the work is resumed and we are very happy to see the development of the huge spacious enclosures! #SavetheJavanLeopard

Wanicare Cikananga Update july Leopards (634x640)