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Happy Holidays from Dr. Sheri Speede, the staff, volunteers and chimpanzees of Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center!

Stanley

Manni

Future

(Photos courtesy of Jacques Gillon)

In their early years at Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center Future, Manni and Stanley shared the same human caregivers - their surrogate mothers and authority figures - and developed strong supportive friendships with each other. Without chimpanzee maternal support their childhood and teenage years were challenging, but they had each other to see them through.

Today, within a twenty-acre lushly forested enclosure and with more complex social lives that involve many other chimpanzees, they are still supporting each other. All three are resilient, sweet natured and smart, but Future is the most ambitious and politically inclined. He could be the leader of this group one day!

While we can never replace their lost families, we are giving rescued orphans a path to social acceptance, dignity and joy. Today, seventy unique chimpanzees have found their place and learned to thrive at Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center. IDA-Africa is committed to their lifelong care, but this precious gift of life depends upon caring friends around the world.

Please let the spirit of this beautiful season move you to send a generous gift in honor of Future, Manni and Stanley. Thank you for your generosity, dedication and compassion!

(Right to left - Future, Manni and Stanley. Photo courtesy of Agnes Souchal)


While IDA-Africa's primary goals are to provide sanctuary for chimpanzee orphans of the illegal bushmeat trade and protection for the free-living chimpanzees of the Mbargue Forest, our efforts also focus on a variety of conservation and community concerns.

(Photo courtesy of Agnes Souchal) 

Dr. Sheri Speede helps a local member of the community. Click here to read more.....



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 being written for the school curriculum of Cameroon, shares her experience at Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center 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 70 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. 


Grant funding and corporate donations are a huge part of our success. Thank you to the following foundations and corporations ~
Abraham Foundation
Ahimsa Foundation
Arcus Foundation
Brigitte Bardot Foundation
Cameroon Oil Transportation Company - COTCO
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Conservation Fund
DePuy Synthes Vet
Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund
Foley/Frischkorn Wildlife and Conservation Fund
International Primate Protection League
Isis Foundation
Laughing Planet Cafe
Les Gourmettes of Yaounde, Cameroon
Lincoln Park Zoo
Meg and Jon Ratner Philanthropic Fund
NW Compounders
Pecten Cameroon Company
Product Services Network
Project Vets
Sound-Eklin Academy of Veterinary Imaging
Superchips New Zealand & Australia Ltd
Veterinary Orthopedic Implants


Welcome to IDA-Africa!

 
 

 

  


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


Today's Weather
Yaounde, Cameroon

  
 

 

 

Daily News Update
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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.


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Our chimpanzees and staff thank you Laughing Planet Cafe for donating all of the proceeds from Kid's Smoothies!

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Our Promise

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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