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May 30th ~ Join Us and Explore ~ Connect ~ Protect! 

Step into the enchanting Mbargue Forest of Cameroon. Gaze into the eyes of our kindred. Learn their story.
Understand their plight. 

Please join Dr. Sheri Speede and friends Friday, May 30th from 5-10pm at the prestigious and historic University Club.

Let us transport you to the jungles of Africa to experience the culture, community and chimpanzees who are the soul of
Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center.

$75 includes drinks, vegan dinner and dessert prepared by Executive Chef Damian LaBeaux who uses local sustainable products to create innovative and delicious, globally inspired cuisine.

Enjoy an African experience including fun, friends, authentic artwork, interactive displays and the opportunity to bid on exciting new live auction items that will take you around the world!

Go on a virtual tour of the sanctuary, visit the forest, meet the staff, experience life with the chimpanzees and share IDA-Africa's efforts toward conservation and the community!

Enjoy charming Fundraising Auctioneer, Laura Michalek, and bring home a piece of Africa or experience it all in person with a once in a lifetime African Safari!

Please help us welcome Brian Miskimins, Portland's Weather and Traffic Anchor for KOIN-TV (CBS), as this year's Emcee for the 2014 Gala! We are very excited that he will join us in celebrating the chimpanzees of Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center!

The exclusive University Club is located at 1225 SW 6th Avenue, Portland OR  97204.

For more information and to preview some of our exciting live auction items, please visit our
2014 Annual Gala Page!


Meet your friends and enjoy an evening of elegance and entertainment - 
all for the chimpanzees of Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center!

Click Here to read this wonderful Scientific American article on elephant intelligence! IDA-Africa's conservation focus includes African elephants.

KINDRED BEINGS: What Seventy-Three Chimpanzees Taught Me About Life, Love and Connection

Kindred Beings

Please check out and share Dr. Sheri Speede's blog on The Wall Street Journal site - What Chimpanzees Teach Us About Love and interview on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Kindred Beings is the grand prize winner of the Southern California Book Festival!  Dr. Speede was honored at an awards ceremony on Fri, Oct 18th in Los Angeles, CA!

Kindred Beings is published by HarperCollins and available in bookstores. To read more, reviews and interviews, and order your copy - please click here.  

Like Kindred Beings on Facebook!



(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 73 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!




Today's Weather
Yaounde, Cameroon




Daily News Update
from Cameroon



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.

Laughing Planet Cafe






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

Speak Out!

Join Dorothy's Circle

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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