Project information

The construction of a quarantine area

The illegal wildlife trade in Bolivia is a major threat to species survival; its victims are countless. CIWY manages 3 wildlife refuges dedicated to caring for, rehabilitating and re-releasing rescued animals. Its newest refuge urgently needs to complete the construction of its quarantine area.

June 2012 - December 2013

Charity information: Friends of Inti Wara Yassi

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  • Need


    Animals that have fallen victim to the illegal wildlife trade in Bolivia are in need of sanctuary. CIWY offers them refuge and a chance at re-release. Yet, space in CIWY's 2 established refuges is rapidly running out. Animals in need of CIWY's care are having to be turned away. CIWY has the space to accommodate more animals in its newest refuge, but lacks the funds to complete the construction of core infrastructure. The refuge must have a working quarantine area before accepting new arrivals.


    CIWY's newest refuge, Parque Jacj Cuisi (Land of Dreams), is a 360 hectare area of forested land in the Beni region of Bolivia. Once up and running it will alleviate the space issues in CIWY's other 2 refuges. Its location is also ideal for the release of primates. But, it cannot rescue and rehabilitate animals until its quarantine area is completed. This project will transform the lives of hundreds wild animals, offering them a second chance at living in their natural environment.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Complete the construction of Parque Jacj Cuisi's quarantine area to get the refuge up and running.


    » Lay the foundations on the 262 square metre plot of land.
    » Construct 20 separated animal enclosures, measuring 1.89m x 2.88m each, which will be used to house animals during their quarantine period.
    » Construct a consulting & surgery room measuring 4.75m x 3m, and an office measuring 3m x 3m.
    » Construct a toilet measuring 1.96m x 1.07m, a shower room measuring 1.03m x 3m and a kitchen measuring 3m x 2.39m.

    What success will look like

    Success will be having a working quarantine area that cares for and monitors recently received animals, as well as those that are suspected to be carriers of infectious diseases.

  • Impact


    Once Parque Jacj Cuisi's quarantine area is complete the refuge will be able to start rescuing, rehabilitating and re-releasing animals; as well as relieving the pressure on CIWY's other two refuges. This project will transform the lives of hundreds of wild animals, offering them a second chance to live in their natural habitat. Success will be demonstrated by individual case studies of animals that have benefited from being cared for at Parque Jacj Cuisi.


    There is a risk that once the quarantine area is complete, CIWY might not have the man-power necessary to care for a large number of animals. This risk is being managed with regular volunteer recruitment. Parque Jacj Cuisi already employs a full-time Park Director and professional Veterinarian and has a committed Volunteer Coordinator and Construction Coordinator. Across all 3 of its refuges, CIWY relies upon volunteers to assist in the day-to-day care of its animals.


    All project donors will receive an email update once the quarantine area is complete. This will be followed by a progress report 6 months later.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £15,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £7,900 Materials All construction materials required (cement, bricks etc.)
      £4,600 Skilled workers Hiring skilled workers to carry out the construction work (brick layers, plumbers etc.)
      £3,000 First year costs Expenses specifically related to the running of the quarantine for the first year of operation

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    The Monkey Sanctuary £800 Guaranteed
    Animal Defence Trust £2,000 Guaranteed
    FIWY communtiy fundraising £3,200 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in South America. The wild animal trade is worth billions of dollars a year. At the bottom of the chain, the animal trappers often have no other means of making a living. Capturing young animals to sell them as pets is a disturbing yet common practice. Jacj Cuisi is located in the Beni region and borders the Madidi National Park (part of one of the largest protected areas in the world), meaning that the animals will be much safer from poachers and hunters.


    The victims of the illegal wildlife trade will be the beneficiaries of this project. The completed quarantine area will benefit:
    1. Many animals already in CIWY's care, allowing them to be transferred to Jacj Cuisi where they will enjoy more space and a larger enclosure.

    2. Many animals yet to be rescued. CIWY regularly receives requests to take in wild animals from the black market, zoos, circuses and homes. Many are in a very fragile state and require extensive medical care on arrival.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Founded in 1992, CIWY was the pioneer of the environmental movement in Bolivia, and is recognised nationally and internationally for founding centres dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife. CIWY is proud to have saved over 1,000 animals from the illegal wildlife trade, protected over 1,000 hectares of forested land, shut down an illegal wild animal market in Sucre, given refuge to a number of endangered species and to have Dame Jane Goodall as its Patron.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Tania 'Nena' Baltazar

    Nena is CIWY's President & co-founder. CIWY is her life's project; her devotion and love for the animals drives forward all projects CIWY undertakes.

Wayra, a rescued female puma

Wayra, a rescued female puma


could buy medical supplies for one month.

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