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You Can Still Help the Baby in the Box!

(Photo courtesy of Amy Hanes)

Please check out Kimbang’s video and Indiegogo campaign to learn more about her story and how you can help! 
New photos and video of Kimbang and Gnala added weekly!

Kimbang (right) and her best friend Gnala are so thankful to you - our friends! Not only did we reach our $10,000 goal for two years of care for baby Kimbang, but we passed it! You have contributed so far $11,576! It would be so exciting to raise the funds for a third year of Kimbang’s care! The cost to care for a chimpanzee at Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center is approximately $5,000 per year. So while $10,000 will provide for her first two years of healthy food, medical care and a safe environment in which to learn and grow, raising funds beyond $10,000 would be a tremendous step toward her future!

Check out the adorable video of Kimbang and Gnala playing in the forest!

Best friends as babies, Kimbang and Gnala will grow up together and enjoy each other’s company for a very long time! Our hope is both girls live to be 50 years or older and IDA-Africa is committed to their lifelong care, but this precious gift of life depends on our caring friends around the world!

Please share the story of Kimbang and Gnala with your family and friends and help secure their future!

IDA-Africa's 5th Annual Gala!


Saturday, September 12th 2015
IDA-Africa's 5th Annual Benefit

University Club
Portland, Oregon

Our 5th Annual Gala will celebrate the past, present and future of Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center and the chimpanzees for whom the sanctuary is home! Recently rescued babies Kimbang and Gnala will help us illustrate from a far the important role we all - children and adults - play in the future of great apes! As part of the festivities for the evening, the English translation of our children’s book currently being released in Cameroon schools, Je Protège les Chimpanzés (I Protect the Chimpanzees), will be available. We look forward to sharing the evening with you!

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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 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. 

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 Center! 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! 

Welcome to IDA-Africa!




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.

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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

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