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Celebrate the Season with Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue!

(Carla - Photo courtesy of Jacques Gillon)

Happy Holidays from Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue in Cameroon! As the African sun rises and peaks through the fog on this mild winter day, 72 rescued chimpanzee orphans can greet the day joyfully, having found the friendship and support they need to recover and thrive. Thank you for helping us create this beautiful sanctuary of healing and hope!

Giving these beautiful individuals a second chance at life serves a critical role in the fight to ensure the survival of our closest relatives. By providing permanent sanctuary for confiscated orphans and by supplying information and necessary technical assistance to authorities, IDA-Africa and Sanaga-Yong provide essential components for law enforcement. Without a sanctuary for confiscated orphans there can be no arrests, prosecutions or convictions of illegal traffickers.

Unfortunately, chimpanzees are still endangered. They have disappeared from four African countries and are nearing extinction in many others. We must continue our fight against the illegal bushmeat trade and strengthen our push to secure natural habitat. Thanks to your support - WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE!

In the spirit of this holiday season, we hope you'll be inspired to make a contribution in honor of our rescued chimpanzees and those still living free in the forest. We cherish every gift and every gift makes a difference! PLEASE DONATE!

On behalf of all of us at IDA-Africa and Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue we thank you and wish you joy and peace this holiday season!

Change of Address:

Please note our U.S. based office has moved. Our new mailing address is PO Box 2743, Portland OR 97208 and the office is located at 4522 SW Water Avenue, Portland OR 97239. Please mail any correspondence to the PO Box address and contact us at or 971-544-7772 should you have any questions. Thank you!  

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.

(Friends Moabi, Bikol, Jacky, Mowgli, Simon and Njabeya, orphaned by the illegal ape meat trade, are now safe at Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center - Photo courtesy of Jacques Gillon)

In the forests of Cameroon, habitat destruction, and the illegal, commercial ape meat trade are driving chimpanzees rapidly toward extinction. While vulnerable populations dwindle, individual chimpanzees 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 habitat forest at our Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center. We currently care for 72 chimpanzees, ranging in age from two to over fifty years.

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. 

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 founder Dr. Sheri Speede




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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!

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.

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 Center, as our Founder, Dr. Sheri Speede shares our vision and promise for the future. Watch


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