For more than 20 years CIWY has been working for the benefit of wildlife rescued from illegal trafficking, giving disadvantaged youth a sense of purpose through involvement with wildlife care, and educating the Bolivian public to respect wildlife. During this time, CIWY has also dedicated its efforts towards battlingwildlife trafficking, conserving wild flora and fauna, as well as rescuing animals which have been victims of mistreatment and illegal trading. In recent years, CIWY has focussed on rehabilitation and care of wild animals rescued from trafficking, from homes where they were kept as pets, from zoos and circuses, or affected by the destruction of their natural habitat. As Bolivia’s leading organization in wildlife rights and care, we hope to make drastic changes in our country’s view of wild animals and make strides in ending a cruel trade that removes them from their natural homes.
Our mission is to provide the best quality of life possible to wildlife rescued from illegal trading, and to diminish animal trafficking through educational programs and public action, in partnership with the authorities and other organizations. Through this work we aim to inspire mankind to uphold values that promote conservation and the recuperation of biodiversity.
Our vision is a world in which wildlife lives freely in its natural habitat; free from the dangers of indiscriminate hunting, senseless capture and the destruction of their ecosystem.
Our main 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.
Friends of Inti Wara Yassi (FIWY) is our sister organization in the UK. They have been a major source of support since their founding in 2008. Find out more about FIWY here.
Quest Overseas organizes gap year trips for British and international students. Since 2001, Quest has worked with CIWY to bring much needed volunteers and funds. If you are interested in the programs they have with us, find out more here.