WRC Jogja is a not-for-profit rescue and rehabilitation center that houses approximately 150 animals taken from the illegal wildlife trade within the island of Java, Indonesia. We work to save protected wildlife from illegal ownership, injury, or wildlife markets and aim to return them to the wild.Unfortunately, many animals would not survive in their wild habitat due to disabilities, old age, or unnatural behaviors, so we offer sanctuary for them to live out their lives in a safe and loving environment as close to their natural home as possible.
Becoming a sustainable conservation organization that seeks to create a harmonious balance between human, nature, and wildlife with the support of local and global communities.
Our core value is compassion towards nature and beings, which fosters a sense of responsibility, empathy, and care for the environment, wildlife, and all living beings and ultimately working towards a future where humans and nature can thrive together.
Where it all started
WRC Jogja was founded in 2010 by YKAY (Yayasan Konservasi Alam Yogyakarta), a non-profit that works with rescue centers in Indonesia. We have been operating as a rescue center since 2003, but under a different name.
In 2003, the Wild Animal Rescue Center was established as part of the Indonesian ‘Wildlife Rescue Center Network’ to take temporary care of protected wildlife that had been involved in confiscation operations. The center also receives wild animals submitted by the community or private owners with the intent to rehabilitate and release them back into the wild.
In 2007, the ‘network’ collapsed, funding was withdrawn, and our rescue center fell into disrepair
For three years, a lack of funding and support meant the center struggled with basic daily operations, and staff and animals suffered as a result.
Since 2010, the center has been under new management by the Yogyakarta Nature Conservation Foundation (YKAY). The foundation is a non-profit and non-government organization dedicated to Indonesian wildlife conservation. It is registered at the Ministry of Law and Human Rights of the Republic of Indonesia as a legal foundation in Indonesia. It also has permission as a conservation organization from the Ministry of Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia. Under the new management, we were renamed Wildlife Rescue Centre (WRC) Jogja, which is the center as we know it today.
Our organization was firstly established with the aim to continue the work of wildlife rescue which had been initiated by a previous organization, namely The Gibbon Foundation of Indonesia. However, our journey was never easy…
Tojeiro volunteered at WRC in 2018 and instantly fell in love. He decided to leave his job in the Netherlands to work alongside our keepers, managing projects and making sure all the animals get the best care possible. During the relocation period, Tojeiro studied animal health management to increase his capacity in the field of animal welfare.