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 Welcome to IDA-Africa!

Thank You for making Our Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Soirée 2017 Wildly Successful!

Saturday evening, September 23rd, friends and family gathered to celebrate the chimpanzees of Sanaga-Yong Rescue and to help us do what we do best ~ secure a safe future for our sanctuary chimpanzees, orphans in need of rescue and those free-living in the lush forest! We thank you for your enthusiasm for and dedication to our critical work!

It takes a community of compassionate individuals and we are very grateful for ours!

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."
~ Mahatma Gandhi


(Kimbang & Gnala - Photo courtesy of Mimi Swift)

In the forests of Cameroon, habitat destruction, and the illegal, commercial ape meat trade are driving chimpanzees rapidly toward extinction. While vulnerable populations dwindle, individuals suffer unimaginably. The chimpanzees who die violently in the forest at the hands of poachers are not the only victims of the illegal ape meat trade. Infants who survive the hunt can be sold as pets in Cameroon or smuggled out of the country into North Africa and Asia, ultimately condemned to malnutrition, disease, loneliness and misery.

In Defense of Animals-Africa is giving orphans a second chance to live with dignity and joy in the enclosed tracts of lush habitat forest at our Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue. We currently care for 72 chimpanzees, ranging in age from two to over fifty-years-old.

Working in collaboration with Cameroon's Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife, we have rescued many of our residents while they were still infants. Others have languished years, sometimes decades, on chains or in tiny cages before we could change their lives.

IDA-Africa is working to solve the root of the problem through national and international awareness, and by working with Cameroon's government to support law enforcement and increase forest protection. 


Enjoy an audio postcard of dinnertime at the sanctuary, which aired across the U.S. on the acclaimed public radio show, The World.


Diane Toomey, co-author of the children's book written for the school curriculum of Cameroon, shares her experience at Sanaga-Yong Rescue and the excitement of the chimpanzees as they are called for dinner.


Laughing Planet Cafe Contribution

Thank you to Laughing Planet Café for being our biggest corporate sponsor and one of our leading contributors overall!

IDA-Africa is the beneficiary of the Kid’s Smoothie Promotion, a program which makes a huge difference in the lives of the 72 chimpanzees of Sanaga-Yong Rescue! Laughing Planet Café is known for offering nutritious, affordable and delicious fare in a unique and fun atmosphere! But that’s not all! Their commitment to conservation, sustainability, and the community is well-known and very much appreciated! We thank you Laughing Planet Café for your compassion toward great apes and your overall dedication to our beautiful planet! 


Enter a world of tender friendships, staunch loyalties, violent jealousies ~ and enduring love!

"All who read this book will be deeply moved! How fortunate for Dorothy and the other orphaned, captive chimpanzees - and for those of us who care about them, passionately - that there are people like Sheri Speede who risk their health, and work for a pittance, to rescue them. Sheri's words will bring a tear to all but the hardest of hearts. And a lot of smiles as well!" - Jane Goodall, Ph.D., DBE founder - Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace

KINDRED BEINGS: What Seventy-Three Chimpanzees Taught Me About Life, Love and Connection written by IDA-Africa's founder and director Dr. Sheri Speede

 


 All donations to IDA-Africa are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. In Defense of Animals-Africa is a division of In Defense of Animals, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


 


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IDA-Africa is a member of the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance and the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries


Thank you LACSY (Friends of Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzees) a French non-profit organization raising funds for our work in Cameroon! Special thanks to Perrine Odier!

Speak Out!

Join Dorothy's Circle

Our Promise

Cameroon's national celebrities speak up about chimpanzee conservation

Chimpanzee Dorothy's Funeral

Dr. Sheri Speede at Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center

In a powerful PSA, Cameroon's national celebrities lend their voices to chimpanzee conservation and speak against the illegal ape meat trade. Watch Help spread the word!

Published in the November 2009 edition of National Geographic, this photo of Dorothy's funeral awakened the world to the emotional lives of chimpanzees. Learn more

Experience Sanaga-Yong Rescue, as our Founder, Dr. Sheri Speede shares our vision and promise for the future. Watch

 

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