Femke works to protect Indonesia wildlife like dolphins and orangutans. I have been on the dolphin trail for more than 45 years campaigning worldwide trying to keep dolphins free from harm. In all of my travels I never came across a more dedicated and impressive grass-roots organization than JAAN. Their leader, Femke den Haas is the real deal – she is simply the best. – Ric O’Barry
Femke den Haas is a co-founder of the Jakarta Animal Aid Network, a small nonprofit started in 2008. She is originally from the Netherlands; the organisation’s members include a mix of foreign nationals and Indonesians.
Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization established in January 2008 to help protect Indonesian wildlife and to improve the welfare of Jakarta’s domestic animals. JAAN serves as an information center and a central meeting point for volunteers interested in animal welfare issues. JAAN enlists the help of individuals and Indonesian authorities to rescue animals from exploitation and to decrease the trade in endangered wildlife. We aim to raise awareness of animal welfare issues by providing educational materials and presentations in and around Jakarta. JAAN supports the Brahminy Kite Rescue and Re-introduction Program. This program was established in November 2004 within the Thousand Islands in collaboration with the Thousand Islands National Marine Park, Tirta Satwa, Alam Kotok Resort and Forestry Departement. The program is aimed at saving the Brahminy Kite (Elang Bondol), which once was the proud symbol of Jakarta but is now critically endangered due to the illegal pet trade.