Ciapus primate centre
Our primate rescue centre is set in the beautiful rainforest of Ciapus, near Bogor, on the island of Java. It is about three hours' drive from Jakarta. Our team here focuses on the rehabilitation and release of the endangered slow loris and long-tailed and pig-tailed macaques. We believe our facility to be the only one of its kind in Indonesia.
The centre has a fully equipped veterinary clinic, spacious primate socialisation enclosures, a public education centre, accommodation for volunteers and visitors and a viewing platform for observing the animals. Set apart from the other buildings are quarantine enclosures for new or sick animals.
After rescue, veterinary check-ups and a period in quarantine, the macaques are socialised in groups. Over time they learn to behave like monkeys and establish a natural hierarchy before being released back into the wild.
Our team also works with the Forestry Department and the Jakarta police to catch illegal wildlife dealers and ensure they are severely punished, sending out a strong message to other traffickers that their crimes carry heavy penalties in court.
Education is a vital part of our work in Indonesia to increase people's understanding of their native wildlife and motivate them to respect and protect it. The education team frequently gives talks and presentations to visiting schoolchildren and other local groups. The animals in rehabilitation at the centre demonstrate to visitors how primates look and behave if they are given the freedom to live as nature intended.