My week in Cikananga

Last week I had the chance to spend a week at the Cikananga wildlife center.

All of the animals at Cikananga are unfortunately the victims of the illegal wildlife trade. Cikananga supports these animals in hopes of release back into the wild when possible.

Unfortunately, some of these animals have already spend too much time with humans and are unable to be released. This is the case with Dodo and Noni, a beautiful pair of orangutans, who were both separated from their parents when they were still young.

As a volunteer at Cikananga, my work was to prepare food for the animals, clean the cages, feed them and also to create enrichement to keep the animals’ minds as stimulated as possible. Enrichment can also be used as a tool for animals in preparation for release.

The center is currently one of the largest wildlife rescue centers in the world and strives to maintain the highest international standards, both in professionalism as well as animal welfare. They recruite many volunteers throughout the year, so if you want to help too, please visit their website:

While in the future, our hope is that centers like Cikananga would never be necessary, for the time being, they are playing a vital conservation rôle !

  • Alex, Public Relations and Outreach Officer

Amank, our amazing Sundanese carver

Hello everyone, my name is Alex and I work as the Public Relations and Outreach Officer for the Little Fireface Project since early August.

Originally from Paris, France, I’m a graphic designer by trade. One of my jobs here is to take care of new merchandise for our online Etsy shop. I’m always looking for ideas and inspiration for new creations and during this time, I had the honour of meeting one of our current artists Amank, a woodworker who lives in our little village of Cipaganti.

Amank and I

Amank and I

 Amank is working for the Little Fireface Project since 2012. He’s created a lot of different pieces, all beautiful works of art. This man has a great talent and every achievement is unique and handmade. He works with tools customised for him, and uses traditional Sundanese techniques.

It takes half a day of work to make a necklace, and a few hours for earrings. These creations are varied and he never hesitates to take on a new creative challenge.

During my visit I was able to film Amank, watch the video below to see what it looks like:

And find all of our curent amazing jewelry on Our Etsy Shop!

  • Alex, Public Relations and Outreach Officer