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Our Journey

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In 2007, the ‘network’ collapsed, funding was withdrawn, and our rescue center fell into disrepair.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 Funding

One of our greatest challenges as a charity organization is obtaining financial continuity for operational income. As a non-profit NGO, we accept no funding from the government, nor do we operate our center for the general public as a zoo. Our main funding comes from the volunteer program that we run for animal lovers all over the world to come and gain experience and education about the work that we do here. We also rely heavily on donations and animal adoptions to be able to guarantee feeding every day, repair inadequate cages, develop release programs, and pay staff salaries. We hope to gain enough stability to improve existing enclosures and develop better wildlife rehabilitation programs for our animals.   A large part of our daily cost—food for the animals—is alleviated by donations. Most of our animal food (fruit and vegetables) is donated by large supermarkets, which is sorted by the staff on a daily basis. The generosity of the supermarkets saves us a massive expense, as feeding so many animals twice a day can be very costly, as I'm sure you can imagine. It also greatly reduces supermarket waste.

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.