Thank You New York for the Warm Welcome!
(Photo from 2004 courtesy of Agnes Souchal. )
Thank you to the amazing Hemingway African Gallery for hosting and generously donating to a successful fundraiser for the chimpanzees last Saturday! Anyone looking for fascinating African art, this is the place to go. Thanks also to the beautiful, elite Explorers Club for hosting the heartwarming and educational talk of our director, Sheri Speede. She spoke personally about the chimpanzees and the history of Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue and about how they have become the inspiration and springboard for vitally important and innovative conservation initiatives. The above photo of the babies is one of the slides in her presentation.
IDA-Africa Annual Gala:
Save the Date! Saturday, September 10th 2016
Please join us for our Sixth Annual Gala at the exclusive University Club
in downtown Portland.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 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! 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.