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In 2007, the ‘network’ collapsed, funding was withdrawn, and our rescue center fell into disrepair.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