The Rescue Center

Set against the backdrop of the illegal wildlife trade, THE RESCUE CENTER offers a glimpse into the daily activities of Cikananga Wildlife Center in Indonesia. Cikananga operates on the front lines of the wildlife crisis, rescuing animals from an abusive multi-billion dollar, global industry. Victims of the trade are captured from the wild, often as babies, and are sold as pets, bushmeat, dancing monkeys, or ingredients in traditional Chinese medicine.

Animal keeper Ade Solihin has been working at Cikananga for eight years. His work falls into a daily routine of feeding the birds and primates under his care and cleaning their cages. Growing up in a poor family, Ade never had grand dreams, but working at Cikananga gives him a way to support his children, just as it gives the animals he cares for a second chance at life.

  • Nikki Dodd
    Director & Producer
  • Nikki Dodd
    Cinematography & Editing
  • Bryn Bliska
    Original Score
  • Paola Cossermelli Messina
    Sound Design
  • Rory Moon
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Wildlife, Conservation
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 46 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 30, 2019
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    United States
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Director Biography

At age 10, Nikki Dodd dreamt of being a zoo keeper when she grew up. Decades later, a career in zoology never materialized, but now Nikki channels her love of wildlife and the environment into her films. Her work has screened at various film festivals, including the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, International Wildlife Film Festival, Moving Waters Film Festival, and Chicago International REEL Shorts Film Festival. Nikki is committed to documentary filmmaking that deepens our understanding of nature and people in today’s global, interconnected world.​​​​​​​

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