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 […]


Orphaned Bushmeat Victim SAVED by IDA Africa

by Karin Cereghino

  Recently, In Defense of Animals – Africa was contacted about a juvenile gorilla who was all alone and eating from village farms. Cameroon officials called on our help to capture the young male, and fearing that the gorilla’s family had been killed by poachers, a team from IDA-Africa’s Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue was dispatched on a […]