Yayasan Cikananga Konservasi Terpadu
Cikananga Wildlife Foundation or Yayasan Cikananga Konservasi Terpadu (YCKT) is a non-governmental and non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of Indonesian wildlife. The center was established in 2001 on an area of 14 hectares in the small West Java village of Cikananga. YCKT has two main programs; the Cikananga Wildlife Rescue Center (Pusat Penyelamatan Satwa Cikananga – PPSC) and Cikananga Conservation Breeding Center (CCBC).
Cikananga Wildlife Rescue Center
Between 2000 and 2002, eight Wildlife Rescue Centers were established in Indonesia to stimulate and assist law enforcement of illegal protected wildlife trade, and to facilitate the placement of confiscated animals. This was part of the implementation of CITES, which states that each signatory country has the commitment to establish animal rescue centers (Resol. Conf. 9.10).
After the government-run Tegal Alur Rescue Center in Jakarta, the Cikananga Wildlife Rescue Center (PPSC) was the first NGO managed Rescue Center operating in Indonesia.
PPSC was established on 27 August 2001. The first animal, rescued in September 2001, was a Javan Hawk-eagle, the symbol of Indonesia’s rare species. After this, animals started coming to the center in larger numbers.
The main activity of the Cikananga Wildlife Rescue Center and associated programs is to providing facilities and manpower to care for and rehabilitate confiscated animals before reintroducing them to their natural habitats. Other activities include supporting efforts of law enforcement to fight illegal wildlife trade by assisting with the identification and confiscation of wildlife, and assisting the government to rescue wildlife from human wildlife conflicts.
Cikananga Conservation Breeding Centre (CCBC)
CCBC was officially founded in March 2010, and has the goal to breed endemic Indonesian species that are threatened with extinction. The breeding of the species housed at CCBC is done so with genetic management software so as to preserve their genetic diversity.
The ultimate aim is to release individuals back into available safe habitats in their geographic range, this unfortunately is a long term goal, as the rate of habitat destruction in Indonesia is a key issue. Growing the captive population and creating satellite populations at this time is recognised by CCBC to be just as important as future release efforts.