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Thank You for making IDA-Africa's 5th Annual Gala a Wonderful Success!

(Photo courtesy of Marie-Eve Lavigne)

You Helped Provide Care and Comfort for the Chimpanzees!

Saturday, September 12th was a lovely evening filled with friends, fun, compassion and dedication! Hosted at the exclusive University Club in downtown Portland, friends and family of the chimpanzees of Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center came together to celebrate the sanctuary and help to ensure the future of our special residents as well as the free-living chimpanzees of the beautiful surrounding Mbargue forest!

Highlights included a heartwarming presentation by founder, director and author Dr. Sheri Speede with classic footage from the early days of the sanctuary, and the English translation of our children’s book Je Protège les Chimpanzés (I Protect the Chimpanzees), a fundamental component of our education program in the schools of Cameroon.

Please visit our 5th Annual IDA-Africa Gala page for photos of the amazing evening!

We are very excited and thankful to have raised crucial funds for enclosure expansion at the sanctuary and forest protection for one of the most endangered sub-species of chimpanzees!

Most importantly it was our guests who truly made the evening magical as together we took a vivid journey to the sanctuary to celebrate our triumphs and share our vision for the future! 

Thank you to our IDA-Africa friends and family for your continued kindness and compassion! Our work is only possible through the support of dedicated people like you who want to make a difference in the lives of great apes now and in the future!

Change of Address:

Please contact or 971-544-7772 should any mail to us be returned to you. We are in-between offices, while waiting for our new location to be remodeled, and having some issues with mail forwarding. We certainly do not wish to miss any correspondence from the wonderful people and businesses we work with. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

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! 

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.

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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

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

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