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You can make the difference in the life of a chimpanzee! To care for a chimpanzee costs $5,000 a year. As a sponsor your donation helps to provide fresh fruits and vegetables, veterinary care and a safe environment in which our residents can live a lifetime with their caregivers and chimpanzee families!

Simply click the Sponsor an Orphan button to begin being a virtual caregiver for one of our beloved chimpanzees!

At Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center, the chimpanzees live in lush, forested enclosures ~ free to climb trees, run, jump, laugh and form strong, loving bonds, but we need your help to maintain the high level of quality care we provide.

For a minimum sponsorship of six months you will receive two 5" x 7" photographs of your chimpanzee, a full biography, a Certificate of Sponsorship, Chimpanzee Fun Facts Card, personalized letter to your gift recipient, periodic photo updates sent via email to the donor and giftee, and the satisfaction of knowing you have made the difference in the life of a chimpanzee!

Sponsorship levels include:

Recurring monthly sponsorship of $25
Six month sponsorship = $150
One year sponsorship = $300
Two year sponsorship = $600

Sponsorships make great gifts! Updates and photos are sent via email to you and the friend or family member you wish to make the recipient of your gift. 100% of donations support the Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center.

Est. birth August 2005

Baati was confiscated in December 2005 from the wife of a poacher, who hoped to sell him. She was keeping the tiny orphan in a wooden box, depriving him of all physical contact. During his earliest days at Sanaga-Yong, Baati couldn’t tolerate being touched by caregivers or chimpanzees. Today, he is well adjusted and welcomes embraces within his chimpanzee social group. Sponsor Baati

Read more about Baati

Est. birth June 1998

Bikol, “the king” in the local dialect, was rescued in December 1999 from a village where he was tied by wire to a chair. Today Bikol, who has lighter hair than most chimpanzees, is the alpha male in his social group of 23. Sponsor Bikol

Est. birth September 1999

Gabby was only four months old when he arrived at Sanaga-Yong in January 2000, severely wounded from the shotgun blast that killed his mother. Gabby was always small for his age as a juvenile, and as a young adult he is still smaller than average. Nonetheless, he enjoys a comfortable social status in his group of 20. Sponsor Gabby

Est. birth February 2001

In August 2001, Cindy was rescued from a truck-driver. With a severe respiratory infection and diarrhea, Cindy almost died. Today, she is a beautiful teenager with close, nurturing female friendships. She is one of Bikol's favorite females. Sponsor Cindy

Est. birth December 2011

Starved, dehydrated and scared, eight month old Carla was given to a priest by a hunter, likely the one to have killed her mother. Once in the tender care of the staff of Sanaga-Yong, she quickly regained her good health. While she was so small she remained with her human caregivers and enjoyed learning, growing and playing with the other babies. She has since been integrated into her new social group of eight chimpanzees of varying ages. Sponsor Carla

Est. birth January 2002

Foe (pronounced Foh-ea) was locked in a tiny chicken-wire cage, without hugs, caresses or proper nutrition, for nearly a year. When he arrived at Sanaga-Yong he was malnourished, weak and uncoordinated. With love and tender care Foe soon became strong. He is now a smart adolescent in Kiki's social group of seven. Sponsor Foe

Moabi (on left with Cindy)
Est. birth August 1998

Moabi arrived at Sanaga-Yong in March 2000 with extensive head injuries from a hunter’s machete. After three surgeries, Moabi survived. For his strong spirit, he is named after the Moabi tree, one of the strongest trees in Cameroon, but he has a soft and gentle nature.  
Sponsor Moabi

See photo of Moabi after surgery.

Jacky (on left with Hope)
Est. birth year 1965

Although he is no longer the alpha male, Jacky is still respected and loved by everyone in his social group. Kept alone in a small cage at a hotel for three decades before his rescue in 1999, Jacky has shown an amazing innate capacity for leadership. He lost his vision to cataracts during 2002 and 2003 and had it restored by surgery in January 2004. Sponsor Jacky

Read more about Jacky

Kiki Jackson
Est. birth year 1984

Kiki endured at least 15 years in a dark, concrete cell and came very close to starving to death before his rescue in June 2000. He has struggled socially, but finally found his place in his small chimpanzee group. We lost Kiki's best friend Chouki in 2012. Sponsor Kiki

Read more about Kiki Jackson

Est. birth July 2001

Jimi was rescued and brought to Sanaga-Yong in July 2005. She had been kept as a "pet" and endured severe physical abuse which resulted in a shoulder injury that has left her disabled. Jimi is a very sweet girl, who is a bit shy, but loves attention from her caregivers. Sponsor Jimi

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Est. birth October 2003

Akiba was brought to Sanaga-Yong in March 2004, when she was less than eight months old. She was dehydrated and so weak she could only hold her head up for a few seconds at a time. With loving care and nutrition, Akiba has blossomed. She lives with the nursery group and loves to swing on the trees and play chase. Akiba means “thank you” in one of the local Cameroon dialects. Sponsor Akiba

Est. birth January 2002

Authorities in the country of Angola confiscated baby Massamba from a hunter, and the United Nations assisted in his transport to Sanaga-Yong in May 2004. Massamba was a sweet, sensitive juvenile before he grew into a handsome adolescent who sometimes challenges Kiki's authority. Sponsor Massamba

Est. birth June 2010

Little Kanoa was confiscated during the arrest of a dealer. The baby suffered from a badly infected compound fracture of the bones in his lower leg, among other wounds. After two months of care and healing at Sanaga-Yong, he was overjoyed to be integrated with his fellow babiesSponsor Kanoa

Yoko (on left with Kadei)
Est. birth January 2004

Yoko was emaciated and dehydrated when he was rescued in December 2005 from behind a village house where he had been tethered by a neck chain for a year. He lived in isolation with no room to move and only a rock wall to sleep on. At Sanaga-Yong, Yoko is playful at times, serious and pensive at others. He receives lots of affection from his chimpanzee friends and human caregivers. Sponsor Yoko

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Est. birth January 2003

After his family was slaughtered and before he was rescued by IDA-Africa, Tic was kept as a "pet". He was rescued in February 2005 from an urban parking lot where the "cute" baby clothes he was wearing were amusing passersby. Living with a human family left him confused about who he was. With the help of his friends, Tic learned that chimpanzees laugh, play and share lots of affection. Sponsor Tic

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Est. Birth May 2002

Simossa was orphaned as a tiny infant when her mother was killed by a poacher for the illegal bush meat trade. She was kept as a family "pet" for the next five and a half years, and she was painfully confused about her identity. When the family was forced to leave Cameroon in November 2007, IDA-Africa brought Simossa to Sanaga-Yong where other chimpanzees, who had suffered similar traumas, helped her regain her chimpanzee essence and enjoy life with friends of her own species. 
Sponsor Simossa.

Est. birth June 2003

Mintak came from southeast Cameroon, where the Baka people, or pigmies, live. He is from the very dense tropical forest where there are still gorillas and chimpanzees, but where the hunting pressure is increasing constantly. After a poacher killed Mintak's mother, a Peace Corps volunteer cared for him until Sanaga-Yong staff could bring the baby, still grieving and stressed, to his new home in January 2005. Today, he is a healthy, rambunctious adolescent in a social group of 15. Sponsor Mintak

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Est. birth June 2007

When Kenza was still a nursing infant, a poacher killed her mother to supply Cameroon's illegal, commercial ape meat trade. Being too small to have much value for meat, the baby female was sold as a "pet." Upon her rescue, Kenza arrived at Sanaga-Yong suffering from malnutrition, anemia, lice infestation and depression. Now healthy, her fellow juveniles at Sanaga-Yong are helping Kenza overcome her tragic past. Sponsor Kenza

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Est. birth December 2009

Six month old Milou arrived at Sanaga-Yong on June 1st, 2010, less than a month after a hunter killed his mother to supply the illegal trade in ape meat. The tiny baby chimpanzee didn't have much value for meat so the hunter kept him alive to try to sell as a "pet." Once Milou was safe at Sanaga-Yong, he was vigilantly cared for by the staff. When he grew strong enough he joined other chimpanzee babies to spend much of his time in the forest. Sadly he suffered the loss of his left eye in 2012 when he fell from a tree. Sponsor Milou

Read more about Milou

We invite you to join our worldwide family united in our struggle for the wild and majestic great apes of Cameroon.

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