In Defense of Animals
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IDA-Africa's Education Program:
Building Compassion!

(Mr. Alfred and the 2nd and 3rd Graders of Mbargue Elementary practice their chimp greetings!)

You Too Can Help the Chimpanzees and Children of Cameroon!

Watch Their Video and Check Out Their Indiegogo Campaign!

Within Cameroon, we recognize that the youth are critical to the survival of future generations of wildlife, and we are engaging with school children in innovative ways. We have developed a children’s book, Je Protégé Les Chimpanzés (I Protect the Chimpanzees) and designed a fun five-day classroom program using the book as a centerpiece. 

Children in our part of rural Africa typically have no exposure to conservation values or to programs that encourage compassionate treatment of animals. In contrast to the typically strict, punitive system of teaching academic subjects, our uniquely fun classroom program gently encourages thought and participation of the students, who are delightfully joyful and enthusiastic about their involvement.

Carrying out the five-day program in village schools costs an average of $5 per child. Our goal is to raise $15,000 to administer the program to 3000 children in the 2016-2017 school year

The children are left with a sense of pride about the unique biodiversity of Cameroon’s beautiful forests, an understanding of chimpanzees as kindred beings who deserve respect and protection and a general appreciation of their responsibility as future environmental stewards.

Thank you for helping us to foster compassion for chimpanzees and wildlife!

IDA-Africa Annual Gala!

IDA Africa Chimpanzee Sanctuary Gala

(Anita, Carla, Manni & Cecile)

Dear Friends ~ Save the Date! Saturday, September 10th 2016!
Please join us for our Sixth Annual Gala at the exclusive University Club in downtown Portland.

Tickets on Sale Now!  

Please visit our Event Page for details and a sneak peek at some of our exciting Live Auction items!

Live Auction Items Appreciated! We strive each year to provide our guests with a variety of fun experiences to bid on. Vacation homes, hotel stays, dinner gift certificates, theater tickets, wine and outdoor adventures would all make amazing donations and truly help raise funds for the chimpanzees of Sanaga-Yong Rescue! Please contact for more information. Thank you!

Change of Address:

Please note our U.S. based office has moved. Our new mailing address is PO Box 2743, Portland OR 97208 and the office is located at 4522 SW Water Avenue, Portland OR 97239. Please mail any correspondence to the PO Box address and contact us at or 971-544-7772 should you have any questions. 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 written for the school curriculum of Cameroon, shares her experience at Sanaga-Yong Rescue 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. 

Laughing Planet Cafe Contribution

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! 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.

Speak Out!

Join Dorothy's Circle

Our Promise

Cameroon's national celebrities speak up about chimpanzee conservation

Chimpanzee Dorothy's Funeral

Dr. Sheri Speede at Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center

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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