Update resuced Leopard

30 March 2017 – Update on the Javan Leopard that was rescued to Cikananga last week: He is doing better and seems a little more active. He eats very well what will help him recover and regain strength. We created a hammock and he enjoys resting in it. Considering all the stress and his exhausted condition we are happy seeing him like this. Find a video on our Facebook page.  #savethejavanleopard

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Volunteers visit Takokak National Reserve

25 March 2017 – Yesterday we went to Takokak National Reserve together with a group of volunteers. We discussed issues about Leopards with the locals, then walked up the hills to search for primates and also checked some of the release sites of the Cikananga Raptor Program. We even spotted one of the Eagles that we released previously!

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Leopard rescue update

23 March 2017 –  The young Javan Leopard in Cikananga that was rescued 2 days is doing reasonably fine. We installed two night camera’s to observe him and there is some physical activity, although he is not moving a lot, but he is eating well. Considering the exhausted state before arriving and the stress during the last days it’s not very worrying, but we need to keep a close eye on him. More updates will follow.

Video on Facebook 

Second (!) Leopard rescue operation in 24h

21 March 2017 – As our rescue crew returned in Cikananga after yesterday’s rescue operation at Halimun Salak, we got information about a human-animal conflict with a Javan Leopard in the Cianjur area. At arrival different sources claimed the leopard walked from the forest 5 km down to a village where it tried to attack people. The young Leopard -approximately 1,5 to 2 years old- was already captured and in a seriously bad condition as he was clearly dehydrated, very skinny and very weak. Releasing him even in the forest would bin risk full, considering the physical state and the danger for another human-animal conflict. So we moved the animal to Cikananga.

Apparently the Leopard is completely exhausted and slept throughout the morning. We placed him in a more spacious enclosure and we will monitor him closely as we are hoping for a full recovery.

The developments of the last days shows again how urgent the situation of the Javan Leopard is. Rescuing another Javan Leopard to Cikananga is again a difficult situation because apart from the challenges for appropriate housing, the perspectives of releasing Javan Leopards is currently close to zero. Although we are working very hard change this situation and to protect the Javan Leopard from vanishing from the wild. Please contact us if you want to make a difference to change the future for Javan Leopards:

But, there is positive news: The Halimun Salak-rangers informed us that the Javan Leopard from the first operation was not spotted anymore around the release site, implicating that he is back in the forests where he belongs.

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Leopard rescue operation in Halimun Salak

20 March 2017 – Late last night we got information about a Javan Leopard that did got caught in a illegal pig trap somewhere on the south side of the Halimun Salak National Park. Immediately we responded with the Cikananga Rescue Team and after careful consideration and a medical check under anesthesia we are happy to share that we released the animal directly.


With only about 100 to 200 in the wild, we need al the help for the almost extinct Javan Leopard. Please contact us if you do!

Jakarta school visits us in Cikananga

13 March 2017 – This weekend 15 school children from Jakarta visited us in Cikananga for a weekend full of animals, nature, presentations about the wildlife and games with insights in de ecosystem and conservation. Thank you for visiting us again and all the enthusiasm! We strongly believe that education and awareness is the way forward to change how animals treated, if you want to know more about our education program, in the Netherlands and in Indonesia, please contact us at

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Fans for Nature visiting us in Cikananga

8 March 2017 – It’s amazing to receive the Fans for Nature foundation this year again in Cikananga. They are one of our most loyal supporters and it is great to spend time here together, and to show the progress were making as a result of their help. Helmut and the rest of the group: Thank you for your unceasing support!


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Update on the rescued birds

15 February 2017 – Upodate: Most of the birds are doing fine and are in a pretty good shape considering the stressful moments and their history. Some are under medical treatment but no critical care is needed.  Sadly we also have to share that two of the birds died, a Moluccan cockatoo and a Palm cockatoo. We are waiting for the autopsy results, but from previous situations we know that after heavy stress some birds can become prone for all kinds of sicknesses in the first days. Of course we will keep you updated, please know that all efforts to help us are very welcome for medication, care, future enclosures & else. IBAN Number : NL 65 ABNA 05155 4498 1 with BIC Number: ABNANL2A or check the donate button on our FB page.

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52 Endangered Birds rescued!

8 february 2017- Large Bird Rescue Operation! In close cooperation with Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN), LASA and the police we received 52 endangered birds they are doing reasonably OK. Now the first critical care is given to birds, they are placed in temporary quarantine cages. In a couple of months they need to be transfer to outside enclosures, but considering the huge number of birds in Cikananga, we are short on adequate space. Also substantial costs need to be made for daily care, food and medical treatment. We could really use help! Please let us know or donate right away: IBAN Number : NL 65 ABNA 05155 4498 1 with BIC Number: ABNANL2A or through Paypal

Please find on our Facebook page a video.

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8 Eagles moved to new, larger enclosures

31 january 2017 – Today we moved 8 Eagles to larger and much better enclosures. Hereby we can move them out of the mesh enclosures and into spacious enclosures that are made from net. It’s ensures the wings and beaks of the birds don’t get damaged and the proces to rehabiliation will be easier.

View the video on Facebook!