Welcome to Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi

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 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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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

May 26, 2018

Socialization Programme for our Capuchin Monkeys News about our socialization programme at Machia

May 10, 2018

CIWY research projects An update on the progress of our research proyect in Ambue Ari

April 20, 2018

Working as a vet with CIWY Read more about Marta's experience as a vet at CIWY

April 17, 2018

My experience at CIWY Karen shares with us what she learned and lived while being at CIWY

April 10, 2018

Tejon Garden Update Check out how the construction of our Tejon garden goes

March 20, 2018

A new enclosure for Ivan Our tayra at Machia gets a new space

February 27, 2018

Back to Freedom The history of 7 boas

February 26, 2018

Artist in Residence 2017/18 Meet Silvia and her art

February 26, 2018

New video by our Artist in Residence Peru Galbete

Our Artist in Residence 

February 26, 2018

Calling all Artists interested in #conservation and #wildlife! Applications are now open to join our Artist in Residence programme in 2018.

November 16, 2017

News from Machia - November 2017 Snakes, Caimans and insects at WCC Machia

November 01, 2017

News from Jacj Cuisi - November 2017 Capitan's enclosure and our vegetable garden

October 28, 2017

News from Ambue Ari - October 2017 Information about our new squad member, the construction of the Tejon Garden and Maggie

October 01, 2017

News from the research project at WCC Jacj Cuisi Habitat preferences of the endangered lowland tapir (Tapirus terrestris)at WCC Jacj Cuisi.

August 07, 2017

CIWY is celebrating 25 years

CIWY is celebrating 25 years as an organization, with already 21 years in Machia. In Ambue Ari we have been working for the past 15 years and also in Jacj Cuisi it has been already 8 years now.

Olympics…

June 16, 2017

Research Project - Jacj Cuisi An update from our Research Project in Jacj Cuisi

June 16, 2017

News from Ambue Ari - Mayo 2017 News from our WCC Ambue Ari including saying goodbye to Sama, constructions on Leo's management cage and new members.

May 19, 2017

Come and join us at Pete the Monkey Festival! We are looking for 4 volunteers who have visited CIWY in the past to help us run a fun, awareness-raising, craft activity

May 13, 2017

News from Machia - June 2017 News from our WCC Machia including the new areas for the coatis, a tunnel cage system for the capuchins and pools for the spider monkeys

May 12, 2017

How your international support is helping our work in Bolivia Friends of Inti Wara Yassi supporting the work of CIWY

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