3 centres de secours de la faune sauvage en Bolivie
The Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi is a legally established Bolivian organisation, made up of a team of young professionals and Bolivian volunteers, as well as international volunteers from all over the world.
In 1992 the organisation was born and became the driving force of a nationally recognised environmental movement. In the beginning CIWY worked with orphans and children with limited resources, aiming to support their personal development and build their self-esteem by participating in different activities in defence of the environment and raising awareness among the general population about the importance of respecting our biodiversity.
Over the years CIWY has revealed and denounced the illegal trade to which many species of animals are subjected, with no respect for their rights. Faced with the indifference of the authorities tasked with dealing with this issue and despite the existence of a law, the organisation took on the responsibility to take care of and offer these victims a second opportunity in life. Thus in 1996 CIWY became the pioneer of implementing a system of managing wildlife and promoting conservation ex situ.
As an organisation we want to bring about significant changes in our country and create a responsible awareness around this issue. We currently manage three parks - Machía (Cochabamba), Ambue Ari (Santa Cruz) y Jacj Cuisi (north of La Paz) - that operate as Centres of Custody of Wild Animals (CCFS).