Translocation of baby orang-utan Dennis

The 8th of September it was a big day for Dennis, he started his long journey from Cikananga Wildlife Center to Sumatra, to the SOCP orangutan rehabilitation Center on the 8th of September. First by car to Jakarta airport together with our vet Alia, who took care of Dennis since he arrived in Cikananga. In Jakarta the JAAN team was standing ready to help us with all the paper work at the cargo and airport quarantine.
Dennis arrived safely in the SOCP center and will undergo now first 3 months of quarantine time. After this he will be placed in the baby group where he can play whole day long with other orang-utan babies and practise climbing and everything else he needs to learn before he can return back to the wild.
Bye bye Dennis! We will miss you, but we are so happy that you return home and that you soon will play with other orang-utans and that you will return to your natural habitat in the future!
Thanks JAAN and SOCP for all your great support to Dennis and your great help to make this possible for him! Next to that also a huge thanks to Sriwijaya air & Thomas the pilot for the support to bring baby Dennis home safely to the Sumatran forests.

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Gibbon Olif arrived in Cikananga wildlife Center

Olif is a young ( 3 year old) Agile gibbon (Hylobates agilis) and was handed over to us by her owner on the 5th of September 2015.

At the age of 8 months old Olif was ‘’adopted’’ by her previous owner. They got her from a friend of a friend. They felt bad from Olif because this friend of a friend wasn’t taking good care of Olif, therefore they decided to take over the care for this baby gibbon.
Olif was and still is much too young to be without her mother! Normally gibbons stay with their parent till they reach the age of 6-7 years old. It’s so sad, again an animal that has to grow up without mother-parent care! Happily the owner of Olif decided to hand her over to us. Unfortunately she isn’t in the best condition! She is much too skinny due malnutrition, especially a lack of protein and calcium! Hopefully with her new diet that she receives now and a bigger enclosure to play and swing around in she will soon become stronger and gets on weight.
She is housed now in our quarantine building and yesterday she got her first TBC test, general medical check-up, de-worming and we took blood to test her on diseases. Olif has to stay at least for 3 months in the quarantine and we have to test 2 more time for TBC, but after that she will move to one of our primate rehabilitation enclosures.
We hope for the future that we can translocate Olif to Kalaweit in Sumatra were she hopefully can return to the wild again.

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Release of Javan slowlorises Billy K & Lia

IMG_20150807_201623On the 3rd of September Lia and Bill k where translocated to a release side of Little Fireface Project (LFP). Here they were immediately released in the pre-release cage. The first night it didn’t go really well, Billy K was weak when she arrived but surprisingly started gouging on the branches of the tree’s immediately (to find gum to eat). However she also spent a lot of time sitting on the ground which we never see wild lorries do and could make her very vulnerable to predation and capture. Lia was much less active and we didn’t see her eating which was worrying! It was probably a response to the stress of the translocation. Because the next evening they were both doing much better; both were active, eating well and gouging to find gum.
On the 6th of September they were released from the pre-release cage in to the wild. Amazing that these 2 girls could return back to their natural habitat. They are monitored every evening now for the next weeks by the LFP team to make sure they really do well now that they are back in the wild.

Slowlorises translocated to IAR

lorises to iarOn the 31st of August 14 slowlorises where translocated from Cikananga to IAR in Bogor. All where confiscated from a trader. Their canines where cut what always meant we had to remove them. Happily a specialised vet from Spain came to IAR and she could do a dental refill on these 14 individuals. This means they still can be released in the future:-) They will stay at IAR  and as soon as they show good natural behaviour they will return to the wild.


New arrival at the Raptor Release Program Cikananga

On the 28th of August we got the message that a young changeable hawkeagle that could not fly yet was rescued from the trade. The next day we went to location as we were concerned it may not receive the good care that would prevent imprinting.
On arrival it turned out to be something else, a subadult Crested Serpent Eagle and the wings are clipped. Panthera (named after the group that informed us about this case) is now in quarantine before going to the recovery cages.

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Release of slowloris Listrika

listrika3On the 5th of August Slowloris Listrika was brought to Cikananga Wildlife Center. listrika 1She was found in a electricity box by the Little Fireface project (LFP) team, to make sure she was alright and healthy she was brought to us. After medical check-up by our vet and after observing her behaviour she could return to LFP on the 10th of August. Here she was placed in a habituation enclosure in the release area. After 3 days the door of the enclosure was opened and Listrika was free again!



End of August our slowlorises Lia & Billy K. Will be released as well!


New slowlorises enclosure

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Nature & Science programs of NHK enterprises from Japan is in film crewCikananga Wildlife Center right now to make a documentary on our slowlorises. Great to see the attention! They also supported us with a new slowlorises enclosure, where we of course are very thankful for!



7Dennis is a baby orangutan who was confiscated on February 21 2015 from an illegal trader by JAAN. Dennis was torn away from the arms of his mother in sumatran forests and most probably his mother was brutally killed by palm oil workers.
Normally, Dennis would still be loved and cared for by his mother for at least another 6 years, gaining the skills and knowledge needed for an independent existence and the love needed for personal development. A mother orangutan will never let go of her baby without putting her own life at risk.

Palmoil plantations are developing rapidly for which primary rainforests are being destroyed and orangutans such as all other fauna and flora we can find only in these rich rain forests covering Indonesia are the victim.
Dennis is now intensively cared for at wildlife center Cikananga where he can gain strength and confidence before he can be relocated to the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program.

Please help us raise awareness for Dennis’s cause. Dennis lost his mother and his home. Please let us avoid other orangutans and other wildlife from this horrific fate and get Dennis’ story out there.


9 (3)After we received the news that these animals were coming to cikananga, our whole team feverishly prepared appropriate quarantine enclosures and the clinic for all the new animals that would be arriving. We had no idea what kind of condition the animals would be in since the confiscation was kept secret until the last minute, as the confiscation team didn’t want to risk the trader getting rid of the animals before they arrived and could safely collect them. After they arrived in Cikananga, we brought in the animals one by one into the clinic to receive a full health check to better assess their needs.

With so many people helping, at times it was a bit manic but eventually all the animals got safely into their new enclosures in our quarantine buildings. All the animals health wise were in poor body condition assumable from mal-nutrition and previous lack of veterinary care. The animals who needed intensive care such as the babies and the ill once were put in the clinic for our veterinary team to give them around the clock intensive care.
In total we received: 1 short-tailed spotted cuscus, 1 Pesquet’s parrot, 1 Salmon-crested cockatoo, 1 Black-capped lorry, 1 Sun bear, 1 Leopard cat, 1 Sumatra Orangutan, 2 Western tarsiers, 2 White cockatoo’s, 2 Heck’s macaques, 3 Palm cockatoo’s, 4 Sulphur-crested cockatoo’s, 1 Yellow-Crested cockatoo, 1 Black hornbill, 2 Blyth’s hornbill’s, 2 Knobbed hornbill’s , 3 Rhinoceros hornbill’s.

The animals are still housed in our quarantines until their tests return and the appropriate isolation period for each individual species is met.

Because many of our animal enclosures are already occupied, we would like to start working on building new spacious, natural enclosures whish satisfies the needs of the species, to fit each individual.

11Happily all the animals are starting to relax and enjoy their new healthy diet and appropriate enclosures.
The babies and young animals, such as Dennis the orang-utan, Ben-Ben the sun bear, Pauli the Palm cockatoo and Billy the Knobbed hornbill are still in need of extra intensive care, and also the Salmon-crested cockatoo and one of the other Palm cockatoo because wounds and poor body condition due malnutrition.


These animals are currently evidence in the court case against the people in charge of their sales. This means that 8they have to stay in Cikananga until the case is cleared, which could take a very long time. After this period of time we are hoping to send them to species specific centers for their rehabilitation and eventual release back into the wild.
All of these animals need your support and assistance!



As you can imagine with all of these extra animals we desperately need funding for their food, new enclosures, medical treatment and enrichment items. Any little bit helps!