Welcome to
Animal Sanctuary Trust


We rescue, rehabilitate and
release wild animals in
Indonesia, and provide a home for those animals
who cannot be released. Learn More About Us

Welcome to
Animal Sanctuary Trust


We are a non-profit organization and are non-exploitive of animals in our care. We involve local people in our operations. Learn More About Us

Latest News

Deer, peafowls and porcupine released in Ujung Kulon National Park
At the end of January, six animals from ASTI were released into Ujung Kulon National Park. These...

Featured Animals

Snapper is a marsh crocodile under long-term care with ASTI. According to government regulations, he is too...
Tammy was a very young ebony leaf monkey who was surrendered to ASTI at the end of...
Itok is a young male agile gibbon (Hylobates agilis). He was surrendered to ASTI in August 2008...
Owi is an adult male agile gibbon (Hylobates agilis). He was first brought to the animal rescue...
Ajoy is an adult male agile gibbon, belonging to the species Hylobates agilis. Ajoy was rescued in...
In August 2008, Animal Sanctuary Trust Indonesia (ASTI) and International Animal Rescue (IAR) learned that a young...


Find Out More About Our Featured Animals

Can you help us with any of the following for our animals?
  • Tiger food (USD 1,200 per month)
  • Ultrasound machine and X-ray machine for our clinic
Please see here for details


Answers to FAQs

Q: When you receive an orangutan, why can't he or she be immediately relocated to a rehabilitation center in Sumatra or Kalimantan? A: This is because before relocating an orangutan, we need to give him/her a thorough health check-up, which includes checking a blood sample for a number of parameters including viruses. We also check the animals for tuberculosis. Next we have to find a rehabilitation center in Sumatra or Kalimantan (depending on whether the orangutan is Sumatran or Bornean) which can receive him or her, and obtain the necessary government permits for relocation. Finally, we need to make all the travel arrangements and make sure that the orangutan is accompanied for every step of the long journey by a vet. Orangutan Jacko (seen below) is currently waiting to move on to Kalimantan.





Q: Why do we need to be in small groups when we visit ASTI? A: Because the animals at ASTI are under rehabilitation to prepare them to return to the wild. They need to be kept calm and to be taught to manage without the company of people, otherwise they won't be safe later on in the wild -- they might run to greet a poacher! We try to give them a quiet and stress-free environment for rehabilitation, and limit their interaction with people. So for these reasons we restrict tours to small groups of people (like the small groups shown below), and we don't run them too frequently.









Q: Why shouldn't people buy wild animals from animal markets? A: Because if we do, the trader will just go off to the forest and find another one to sell. And since baby animals (for example, monkeys) sell much better than adults, this almost always means killing the mum to get her babies. So please don't buy wild animals from markets, because even if you really want to save that particular animal, buying it will only make the problem worse. This little Javan leaf monkey Jaky was rescued and brought to ASTI because poachers killed his mum.




Q: How long does it take to rehabilitate an animal before it can be released? A: This depends on many factors, including the species of the animal, its condition, and how long it has been away from its natural habitat. For these little leopard cats, it took about a year with ASTI for them to be ready for release after having been kept as household pets when very young.



Q: What happens to animals who can't be released? A: ASTI takes care of animals long term if they cannot be released. This is the case, for example, for crocs too large to be released and for eagles with injured wings.




ASTI Photo of the Month


Enormous Atlas moth (25cm wingspan) on ASTI site in March, with Technical Director Andy



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What's New?

Rescued baby Sumatran orangutans Ipin (top) and Upin doing well!


Watch this space for more news of these two!

Our orangutans need large rehabilitation enclosures!

We plan to start soon with the construction of new orangutan facilities which will enable us to provide better care and initial rehabilitation for our rescued orangutans before they make the journey back to Sumatra or Kalimantan. For this work we will need about USD 6,000; can you help us with this important task? Please check here for information about how to donate. Thank you so much for your assistance!

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ASTI Animal for April 2016
Leopard cat Jono has passed all his necessary health checks and can catch his own food (lizards, fish), so we are now applying for the permit to release him in a conservation area close to ASTI. Photos below show him in his rehabilitation enclosure (top) and in the clinic shortly after he arrived at ASTI as a baby (bottom).

ASTI Merchandise

All proceeds from our sales go directly to the care of the animals with ASTI

Take a look at our T-Shirts and reusable bags.

T-shirts available with Javan leopard, Sumateran tiger and eclectus parrot designs

New designs by Bonifacio Renanda, shown below modeled by ASTI staff:


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