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A Brief Introduction

Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi operates three wildlife sanctuaries throughout Bolivia. Professionals, interns and volunteers are welcomed at all of our sanctuaries to engage in rescue operations and the rehabilitation and care of wildlife.

Parque Machía is located in the town of Villa Tunari, in the Chapare region of Bolivia, between Cochabamba and Santa Cruz . It was our first sanctuary and it is property of Villa Tunari’s Municipality, with whom we have an agreement to use the land. This sanctuary mainly houses primates (capuchin, spider and squirrel monkeys), coatis, and birds (macaws and parrots). We are in the process of closing Machia and transferring most of its animals to Jacj Cuisi.

Parque Ambue Ari lies just north of Ascensión de Guarayos, between Santa Cruz de la Sierra and Trinidad. It was our second sanctuary and the land is owned by CIWY thanks to the financial support from Quest Overseas and FIWY. The centre specialises in the care and management of felines (jaguars, pumas, ocelots, and others).

Parque Jacj Cuisi sits outside of Rurrenabaque and is our newest sanctuary. It is just a stone’s throw from Madidi National Park and is an ideal spot from which to enjoy the splendour of the Bolivian Amazon. This sanctuary is becoming CIWY’s new headquarters, and currently houses rescued spider monkeys, capuchin monkeys, squirrel monkeys, and coatis.