For more than 20 years CIWY has has been working for the benfit of wildlife rescued from illegal trafficking, giving disadvantaged youth a sense of purpose through involvement with wildlife care, and educating the Bolivian public to respect wildlife.
During this time, CIWY has also dedicated its efforts towards battling wildlife trafficking, conserving wild flora and fauna, as well as rescuing animals which have been victims of mistreatment and illegal trading. In recent years, CIWY has focussed on rehabilitation and care of wild animals rescued from trafficking, from homes where they were kept as pets, from zoos and circuses, or affected by the destruction of their natural habitat.
As Bolivia’s leading organization in wildlife rights and care, we hope to make drastic changes in our country’s view of wild animals and make strides in ending a cruel trade that removes them from their natural homes.
You can help the animals cared for in our Wildlife Custody Centres!
Each month features a stunning photograph of one of the animals cared for at our three Wildlife Custody Centres.
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Friends of Inti Wara Yassi (FIWY) is our sister organization in the UK. They have been a major source of support since their founding in 2008. Find out more about FIWY here.
Quest Overseas organizes gap year trips for British and international students. Since 2001, Quest has worked with CIWY to bring much needed volunteers and funds. If you are interested in the programs they have with us, find out more here.
News from Machia - March 2016 New baby animals, Guapa to the mirado and Apple's baby
Surname for our new baby jaguar Immortalise your family name in the Bolivian Amazon and bid for the right to choose the surname for KUSIY, the latest jaguar to arrive at the Bolivian Animal Sanctuary Ambue Ari, managed by Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi (CIWY).
Call for proposal - join our Artist in Residence programme in 2016 We are currently accepting applications for Artists to join our Artist in Residence Programme in 2016. The deadline for submission is thursday 31th March 2016.
Parque Machia Update November 2015 4 monkeys go up to the mirador, and a baby jaguar arrives
News from Machía - September 2015 A new enclosure for Marley, the rehabilitation of a baby giant anteater, support from Pete the Monkey, babies introduced to the Mirador, a visit from a wildlife Dentist and microchips for identifying monkeys.
News from Ambue Ari - September 2015 Construction is underway on Ru's new encloure, thanks to our latest Quest group, sterilizations for Lucinda and Kevo, updates on our three Geoffroy's Cats, a new night monkey and Prom goes global.
News from Jacj Cuisi - September 2015 Farewell to Paulette, a publicity day in Rurrenabaque and fruit galore.
Jaguar - A Photographic Exhibition Our 2014 Artist in Residence recently held a two-week-long exhibition at the Hogan Gallery in Melbourne, Australia.
Introducing...Feed Me Just launched! A new way of supporting the animals cared for in our Wildlife Custody Centres.
Artist in Residence update An exhibition in Melbourne by JP Miller, our 2014 Artist in Residence, and an introduction to this year's artist.
CIWY 2016 calendars: we need your photos! Submit your best animal photos for inclusion in CIWY's 2016 calendar.
News from Machía - May 2015 A new puma, problems with wild cats in Santa Elena, a beak reconstruction for Captain Jack, a worm farm, sloth release and updates on Balu, the Spider Park and Mirador.
News from Ambue Ari - May 2015 Chocolate harvesting, Quest and Amira's management cage.
News from Jacj Cuisi - May 2015 An update on Capitán, Simba and a callout for more volunteers!
Youth Development Fund An update on our young vets: Rusber and Oso.
Earth Day 2015 Awareness raising with children in Santa Elena.
Help us build Ru a new home Yaguaru, or Ru as he is more affectionately known, needs a new home. Although his current enclosure at Ambue Ari is spacious, it is also old and is no longer secure enough to safely house a jaguar (Panthera onca) of his size.
News from Jacj Cuisi - February 2015 Goodbye Flash, one of our beloved pumas (Puma concolor).
News from Ambue Ari - February 2015 An update on some of our smaller felines, news from the howler monkey group and Children's Day in Santa Maria.
News from Machía - February 2015 The re-release of 51 river turtles and a female anteater, as well as a wildlife conference in Santa Cruz.