Welcome to Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi

For more than 20 years CIWY has cared for rescued wildlife, given disadvantaged youth a sense of purpose through involvement with wildlife care, and educated the Bolivian public to respect wildlife.

Our largest focus continues to be aiding animals affected by the animal trade, although in more recent years we have focused more of our attention on preventing the illegal animal trade that is the culprit behind the need for our work.

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.

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2016 Calendars for Sale!

Each month features a stunning photograph of one of the animals cared for at our three Wildlife Custody Centres.

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Our Partners

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.

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Latest News

January 31, 2016

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).

January 28, 2016

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.

December 02, 2015

Parque Machia Update November 2015 4 monkeys go up to the mirador, and a baby jaguar arrives

September 24, 2015

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.

September 24, 2015

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.

September 24, 2015

News from Jacj Cuisi - September 2015 Farewell to Paulette, a publicity day in Rurrenabaque and fruit galore.

September 23, 2015

Jaguar - A Photographic Exhibition Our 2014 Artist in Residence recently held a two-week-long exhibition at the Hogan Gallery in Melbourne, Australia.

May 28, 2015

Introducing...Feed Me Just launched! A new way of supporting the animals cared for in our Wildlife Custody Centres.

May 18, 2015

Artist in Residence update An exhibition in Melbourne by JP Miller, our 2014 Artist in Residence, and an introduction to this year's artist.

May 15, 2015

CIWY 2016 calendars: we need your photos! Submit your best animal photos for inclusion in CIWY's 2016 calendar.

May 15, 2015

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.

May 15, 2015

News from Ambue Ari - May 2015 Chocolate harvesting, Quest and Amira's management cage.

May 15, 2015

News from Jacj Cuisi - May 2015 An update on Capitán, Simba and a callout for more volunteers!

May 11, 2015

Youth Development Fund An update on our young vets: Rusber and Oso.

May 11, 2015

Earth Day 2015 Awareness raising with children in Santa Elena.

April 28, 2015

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.

February 20, 2015

News from Jacj Cuisi - February 2015 Goodbye Flash, one of our beloved pumas (Puma concolor).

February 16, 2015

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.

February 16, 2015

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.

February 09, 2015

Support CIWY's Youth - update An update on the success of our December fundraising appeal.

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