IDA Africa Blog

Meet Bouboule!

by Sheri Speede

  Eighteen-year-old Bouboule, like all the other chimpanzees at Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center in Cameroon’s Mbargue Forest, was orphaned as an infant by poachers who killed his family to supply the illegal, but thriving, commercial bushmeat trade. He has lived at Sanaga-Yong Center since 2000 when IDA-Africa found him tied by his waist behind a village […]

IDA Africa Blog

Introducing IDA Africa’s New Management

by Karin Cereghino

  We are Delighted to Introduce Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center’s New Management Team! This summer, IDA-Africa welcomed our new sanctuary management team! Raymond Tchimisso served as personnel manager of Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center for 11 years before being promoted to sanctuary manager last month. Since coming to Sanaga-Yong in 2004, he has been involved in all […]

IDA Africa Blog

Education Initiative Launched in Africa

by Karin Cereghino

  This spring, IDA-Africa launched an innovative education initiative to incorporate a new children’s book in the curriculum of Central Cameroon schools. The goal is to instill in the next generation of forest stewards an appreciation of chimpanzees as kindred beings who deserve respect and protection. Through expanded education programs, IDA-Africa aims to increase awareness […]

In trees Blog

IDA-Africa Protects the Forest

by Karin Cereghino

  Sustainable Agriculture Project Launched The beautiful Mbargue Forest in Cameroon, Africa is home to groups of free-living chimpanzees as well as IDA-Africa’s Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center. To help protect the forest by decreasing encroachment, IDA-Africa has launched a new sustainable agriculture project in the surrounding villages. The goals of the project are to improve […]

Chimp Blog

New York Blood Center Abandons Chimpanzees

by Jessica Beaudry

  IDA Africa’s Primate Rescue Center Provides Hands On Expertise The New York Blood Center (NYBC) has abruptly ceased its monthly funding for the daily care needs of a group of retired lab chimpanzees used by the organization for Hepatitis research. The 66 chimpanzees living in Liberia, Africa face dehydration and starvation without this necessary […]


Meet Kanoa!

by Karin Cereghino

  Little Kanoa was two years old when he was confiscated during the arrest of a dealer. The baby suffered from a badly infected compound fracture of the bones in his lower leg, among other wounds. After two months of care and healing at IDA-Africa’s Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center, he was overjoyed to be integrated […]


Meet Kimbang

by Karin Cereghino

  Rescued From Darkness & Desperation On December 27 of last year, a sad, malnourished, anemic little chimpanzee arrived at IDA Africa’s Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center in a filthy wooden box. She was brought to the sanctuary by Cameroon authorities who had rescued her the day before when some men, after seeing the police, had dropped […]

Never Forget: The Sad Lives and Deaths of Chico, Peaches, Wankie and Tatima

by Nicole Meyer

On July 10, Chico, the oldest bull elephant in captivity in North America died in the Caldwell Zoo in Tyler, Texas. Information is exceedingly sparse: Like so many other elephants in zoos, he was “found unresponsive” in the morning when keepers arrived for work. No one knows how long he had been down or what […]


by Nicole Meyer

Saturday, June 11, is the International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos, when activists around the world will be sending a message that elephants just don’t belong in cramped, unnatural displays that shorten their lives by decades. This year, everyone can help the elephants, no matter where you live, by participating in a virtual […]

In Defense Of Animals Releases 2010 “Ten Worst Zoos For Elephants” List

by Nicole Meyer

IDA has released the 2010 list of the Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants, exposing the hidden suffering of elephants in zoos, where lack of space, unsuitably cold climates and impoverished social groupings condemn Earth’s largest land mammals to lifetimes of deprivation, disease and early death. The list is an SOS for suffering elephants and a […]