The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on our non-profit organization, leading to significant losses caused by the absence of volunteers and permanent donors. These challenging circumstances served as a catalyst for reflection, prompting us to completely reassess our plans for the future and develop new strategies to overcome the constant financial and general conservation challenges we face.
Additionally, the national infrastructure development plan in form of construction of a toll-road nearby our site has further complicated the situation, rendering the previous site unsuitable for running our program.
In order to ensure the long-term sustainability of WRC Jogja and uphold our commitment to wildlife conservation, we have made the difficult decision to discontinue the lease of the land that has served as our operating base for the past two decades.
WRC Jogja has historically held a unique position as the sole Animal Rescue Center (PPS) operating across three provinces in Java: D.I. Yogyakarta, Central Java, and East Java. Given the alleged involvement of East and Central Java in international wildlife trafficking, the presence of a facility capable of accommodating confiscated animals and trafficking victims in these regions is of utmost importance and cannot be overlooked.
In our ongoing efforts, we have successfully secured land for the relocation of WRC Jogja, ensuring a site for the next 20 years. Situated in Padukuhan Klangon and Pranan, Banjaroyo Sub-district, Kapanewon Kalibawang, Kulon Progo Regency, Yogyakarta – strategically positioned on the border between D.I. Yogyakarta and Central Java provinces. Spanning approximately 20.1 hectares, this site holds great potential for optimizing wildlife conservation activities and enabling improved access to the aforementioned provinces.
Over the course of the next three years, our primary objective is to successfully transition and establish our operations at the new site which involves the construction of:
– Essential husbandry facilities (animal quarantine, clinic, and nutrition room)
– Cage and enclosures
– Supporting facilities (office and dorms)
As we started on this challenging journey from scratch, we wholeheartedly seek your support during this pivotal time.
The dedication of our team will be undoubtedly the core to transforming our vision into reality.
This is a challenging endeavor, and we cannot do this alone! We need your help now more than ever, in whatever form it may be.
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.