Mado Gives Jacky a Grooming!

by Karin Cereghino

  Here’s a lovely video of sweet elder Jacky being groomed by adult female Mado as they relax after a snack near their satellite cage before going back into the forest. Jacky, over 50 years old now, was among the first 3 chimpanzees rescued by In Defense of Animals – Africa and brought to Sanaga-Yong […]


Elephant Numbers Crash

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

The results of the first ever continent-wide census on African elephant populations are in, and the numbers are alarming. Almost 30% of the Savannah elephant population was decimated in only seven years.  Now a new study has revealed that African forest elephants may become extinct sooner than previously believed; since 2002, the population has crashed by […]


Being the Center of Attention is Great!

by Karin Cereghino

  Nine-year-old Njabeya enjoys grooming by young adult females Niete (left) and Lucy (right). To date, Njabeya is the only chimpanzee ever born at In Defense of Animals-Africa’s Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue in Cameroon. Her birth in 2007 was the result of a contraception failure, but her name means “the gift” in one of the local […]


His Body was Riddled with Shotgun Pellets

by Karin Cereghino

Now Gabby  Protects the Weak At In Defense of Animals-Africa’s Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue seventeen-year-old Gabby enjoys his 2:00 pm snack of a rice and bean ball. The chimpanzee residents of the sanctuary have four meals prepared for them daily to include breakfast, dinner, a morning and an afternoon snack. Rice and bean balls are a […]


Veterinary Visit for Chimpanzee Emma

by IDA Africa

  Emma was rescued by IDA Africa and brought to our Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue in the spring of 2002 when she was one-year-old. She had been caged behind a restaurant and illegally kept as pet. Today, Emma has a proper social group of twenty chimpanzees who share a 20-acre forested enclosure at our sanctuary. Recently, […]


See Aaron & Boumba Today!

by Karin Cereghino

  Sixteen-year-olds Aaron and Boumba are both very sweet- natured boys. They are of the same chimpanzee subspecies and have lived in the same social group at In Defense of Animals – Africa’s Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue since soon after their confiscation from different locations more than 14 years ago. They were both housed temporarily by […]


See Massamba at Rest!

by Karin Cereghino

  At In Defense of Animals – Africa’s Sanaga-Yong Rescue, the chimpanzees receive a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack along with breakfast and dinner. After his 2pm snack, fourteen-year-old Massamba finds some shade for a little relaxation. Massamba’s rescue was set in motion when he was confiscated by Angolan authorities after he was orphaned and taken […]


Kiki Jackson’s Stress-Free Life

by Karin Cereghino

  Beautiful 32-year-old Kiki Jackson came to In Defense of Animals – Africa‘s Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue in June 2000. Nearly having died of starvation, he was rescued by us after living in a concrete cell at a resort hotel for at least 14 years, as the “property” of the Cameroon Board of Tourism. Although he […]