Did You Know?

by Karin Cereghino

  A little taxonomy lesson for people with a deep interest in chimpanzees . . . all chimpanzees belong to the species Pan troglodytes, but geographic separation of populations, by rivers or distance, over long periods of time led to small genetic differences within the species.. Thus, taxonomists have created 4 sub-classifications known as subspecies.  […]


Get African Elephants Classified as Endangered Species

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  African elephants are currently listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act, but the US Fish and Wildlife Service is considering uplisting them to “endangered,” which would help to dramatically increase their protection. The issue is open for public comments until May 16th to help determine if the change in status is appropriate and […]


Here’s Stanley Grooming Future

by IDA Africa

  If you’ve never seen nor heard chimpanzees grooming each other up close, here’s 38 seconds of Stanley grooming Future at Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue, the sanctuary of In Defense of Animals – Africa. These two fifteen-year-olds were both orphaned and taken captive as infants by poachers supplying Cameroon, Africa’s illegal commercial bushmeat trade. They have […]


Meet Our Chimpanzee Champion!

by IDA Africa

  We are excited to announce the Founder and Director of In Defense of Animals-Africa’s Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue, award-winning author Dr. Sheri Speede has been invited to speak at the world-renowned Explorers Club! Dr. Sheri Speede’s heartfelt journey has been characterized at every turn by unique fortitude and determination. She speaks eloquently, passionately and with humor […]


A Watering Pool For Mongooses

by Karin Cereghino

  In the heart of the dry season in Cameroon’s Mbargue Forest, free-living animals can drink the water they need from beautiful little streams that meander through the forest. At In Defense of Animals – Africa’s sanctuary, Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue, the resident chimpanzees don’t have access to the streams, but they can drink water from […]


Forest Protection in Africa!

by Karin Cereghino

In Defense of Animals – Africa is working with community stakeholders and providing support to government partners in the process of making the Mbargue Forest a protected area. The ultimate goal is to bring eco-guards to curtail the poaching. Many meetings between IDA-Africa, government officials and community leaders finally have led to an agreement on […]


See Bouboule & Karmal Today

by Sheri Speede

  In the winter of 2003, In Defense of Animals – Africa worked closely with friends at Ape Action Africa to finally liberate Bouboule from a small dilapidated cage at a government owned zoo. When Bouboule was a young infant, poachers had slaughtered her family, taken her captive, and sold her to the zoo, where […]


Meet Amigo and Sambe

by Karin Cereghino

At In Defense of Animals – Africa’s Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue, fifteen-year-old Amigo (front) and ten-year-old Sambe (back) have lived together since 2013, and they’ve become very good friends. In their small social group of six (four boys and two girls), Sambe is a smart and kind peacemaker. He supports Amigo (at least for now) and […]