Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi (CIWY)
Villa Tunari, Chapare, Bolivia
Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi (CIWY) is a Bolivian organisation that works in defence of animal rights and environmental justice; it was founded in 1992. CIWY manages three separate refuges for wild animals in different parts of the Bolivian Amazon, caring for, rehabilitating and re-releasing where possible a wide range of species.
CIWY is also devoted to the education of environmental awareness within the country's youth. It runs workshops, environmental actions and training programmes for hundreds of Bolivian children.
Inti Wara Yassi: the pioneer of the environmental movement in Bolivia, recognized
nationally and internationally for founding centres dedicated to the rescue and
rehabilitation of wildlife.
CIWY is made up of a team of Bolivian professionals, adolescents and a small army of volunteers from across the globe. Our mission is to educate and inspire mankind to uphold values that promote life, conservation, preservation and the recuperation of biodiversity.
Our objectives are:
- To defend the environment and conserve biodiversity.
- To rescue and rehabilitate wild fauna that has fallen victim to trafficking and abuse.
- To appropriately care for all wild animals that are rescued from captivity.
- To coordinate and carry out research and education programmes, that will support and contribute to the conservation of our ecosystem.