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Please Help Nyanga Find a New Mother!
Watch Her Video and Check Out Nyanga's Indiegogo Campaign!

New Videos and Photos Posted Weekly!

(Photo courtesy of Allison Leach)

“Nyanga” means beautiful in the local Cameroon dialect, and we couldn’t agree more! But Nyanga desperately needs a new mother!

 She will be paired with an adoptive chimp mother as soon as we can build her a new forested enclosure. Enclosures are expensive to build, so we need your help to give Nyanga a new mother! Adult females who haven’t given birth to babies will often experience motherhood by adopting orphans, thereby enriching all the lives involved. A spacious new enclosure will allow us to pair Nyanga with a loving adult female chimp and introduce her to other chimpanzees in this new habitat.

 Please check out Nyanga's Indiegogo Campaign and share with your friends and family! Small and large - all donations are a huge help and come with cool thank you gifts including IDA-Africa merchandise, handmade Chimp Pendants, Dr. Sheri Speede's book KINDRED BEINGS, fine art prints of Nyanga's Footprints, hand painted Chimp Sculptures and the pièces de ré·sis·tance - a trip to Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center! Thank you!

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.

Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center encompasses 225 protected acres in the Mbargue Forest of Cameroon. IDA-Africa is working with the Mbinang village community and the Cameroon government to bring protection, via ecoguards and education, to the greater Mbargue Forest. We recently completed extensive wildlife and social surveys as part of the arduous process to expand the protected area status by approximately 75,000 acres.

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.

(Shy waits patiently for a snack. Photo courtesy of Jacques Gillon.)


(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!




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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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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