Welcome to Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi

For more than 20 years CIWY has has been working for the benfit 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 battling wildlife 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.

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Our brand new CIWY merchandise is now available for sale in our online shop. All proceeds go towards supporting our work to protect wildlife in Bolivia.


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Our Partners

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.

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Latest News

March 01, 2017

Presenting the album "Voces de la Selva" presenting the album "Voces de la Selva" and

March 01, 2017

Small Carnivores Survey - WCC Ambue Ari Small Carnivores Survey - WCC Ambue Ari

November 19, 2016

News from Jacj Cuisi - november 2016 A farewell to Lobo, the new kittens and the fumador

November 18, 2016

Education Campaign Continuing with our Education campaign, we went to an orphanage close to Villa Tunari

November 18, 2016

News from Machia - november 2016 News from the construction for the coatis, Fernanda, an albifrons, moving into a new area, the new design for our management area "Heaven" for our capuchin monkeys and the reintroduction of an anteater.

November 18, 2016

News from Ambue Ari - november 2016 Saying goodbye to Elsa, construction at Leo's management cage, the new arrival of a baby sloth and a baby howler monkey.

November 17, 2016

The fire at Ambue Ari The fire that sadly affected Ambue Ari

November 15, 2016

Voices of the Jungle - Artist in Residency 2016 An update on our Artist in Residency 2016

November 15, 2016

International Auction International Auction to support the new aviary at Ambue Ari

November 15, 2016

CIWY Australia Prom CIWY Australia Prom

September 13, 2016

Research Project Ambue Ari Updates from our Research Project at Ambue Ari

July 26, 2016

News from Ambue Ari - Junio 2016 Ru's new enclosure, Kusiy's enclosure, Enrichment, Research, medical donations

July 26, 2016

News from Machia - Junio 2016 Balu's new enclosure, new animals, enrichment, donations

July 26, 2016

News from Jacj Cuisi - Junio 2016 Simba, Lunas moves to new enclosure, Tortoises release, Chaco, Enrichment

July 20, 2016

Education Campaign Our Education Campaign

July 13, 2016

Update Artist in Residency 2015 News from our Artist Bàrbara Baro

March 22, 2016

News from Machia - March 2016 New baby animals, Guapa to the mirado and Apple's baby

January 31, 2016

Surname for our new baby jaguar Immortalise your family name in the Bolivian Amazon and bid for the right to choose the surname for KUSIY, the latest jaguar to arrive at the Bolivian Animal Sanctuary Ambue Ari, managed by Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi (CIWY).

January 28, 2016

Call for proposal - join our Artist in Residence programme in 2016 We are currently accepting applications for Artists to join our Artist in Residence Programme in 2016. The deadline for submission is thursday 31th March 2016.

December 02, 2015

Parque Machia Update November 2015 4 monkeys go up to the mirador, and a baby jaguar arrives

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