In Defense Of Animals-Africa / Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center

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Every year thousands of endangered chimpanzees are killed for the illegal commercial trade in chimpanzee meat. Baby chimpanzees are taken from their mother's bodies and sold into captivity, many suffer for decades in solitary confinement.

In Cameroon IDA-Africa wages an extensive media campaign to raise awareness of the plight of chimpanzees and the laws against killing them. IDA-Africa's Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center provides life-long sanctuary for 64 chimpanzee orphans. In lush forested enclosures, the chimpanzees live with adoptive families where they heal from their emotional and physical wounds.

Sanaga-Yong Center purchases fruit form local villagers creating an economy where none had existed, 25 full time Cameroonians whom had never before earned a salary, funds the local school, and provides basic medical care.

To progress in the conservation of endangered great apes, IDA-Africa assists the people who are struggling to survive - to create good will so that our mission may be embraced.


To provide sanctuary for chimpanzee orphans in Cameroon, and to promote the social and cultural conditions which ensure endangered great apes survive and thrive in their natural habitats.

IDA-Africa wages an extensive public education and sensitization campaign and Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center provides sanctuary in forested habitat for 64 chimpanzees orphaned by the illegal commercial bushmeat trade.


Founded in 1999 by Dr. Sheri Speede, the Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center (SYCRC) is located in the Mbargue forest of the Central Province of Cameroon near the confluence of the Sanaga and Yong rivers.

In Defense of Animals-Africa is both a project of In Defense of Animals and a
non-profit organization operating in the Republic of Cameroon in direct collaboration with the Cameroon government’s Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife.


Volunteer in Cameroon at the Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center. Visit to learn more.

Sponsor and orphaned chimpanzee - make a life-saving contribution. Visit www.ida-africa.og to learn more.






310 SW 4th Avenue, Suite #407

Portland, OR 97204

Phone: 503-730-8693

EIN: 99-9999988


This gift will provide two days of fruit and formula for a baby orphaned chimpanzee.

This gift will provide three days worth of bananas for the chimpanzees at Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center. All fruit is purchased from local villages, creating an economy where none had existed before. Orphaned chimpanzees at Sanaga-Yong Center require life-long care and protection. Your gift will make a real difference.

This gift of a six-month sponsorship will provide critical funds for food and medical care for orphaned chimpanzees. Once rescued and transported to Sanaga-Yong Center, chimpanzees require life-long care and protection. Your gift will make a true difference!