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IDA-Africa's 5th Annual Gala!


Change of Address:

Please contact karin@ida-africa.org 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!

Thank You for Making Kimbang's Campaign a Success!

(Kimbang & Gnala rest on the forest floor after a day of playing! Photo courtesy of Jacques Gillon)

We are so very grateful to our friends around the world for your generous support of Kimbang! We have raised nearly $12,000 thanks to you! Those funds will cover over the first two years of her care, keep her safe and with family, provide healthy food she loves, medical care when she needs it, and access to natural habitat forest. At Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center we are committed to the highest quality of life-long care for our 72 resident chimpanzees and we rely on individual donations to help provide sanctuary for rescued chimps and protect free-living chimpanzees and gorillas. 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! 

The campaign has closed, but you can still view videos and photos of Kimbang and her best friend Gnala!

On behalf of Dr. Sheri Speede, our staff, volunteers and chimpanzees - We Thank You!


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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