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 […]


Meet Niete and Emma

by IDA Africa

Caged behind a restaurant and illegally kept as pets, Emma (left) and Niete (right) were rescued by In Defense of Animals – Africa and came to find safe haven at Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue in the spring of 2002. Today, at almost fifteen years of age, the females still very much enjoy each other’s company and live […]


See Bouboule Today!

by IDA Africa

Bouboule is best known for being a part of In Defense of Animals – Africa’s sweetest adoption story! At a little more than two years old, this sad little orphan was rescued from the illegal pet trade and he came to live at Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue. Bouboule was more insecure than most babies his age, […]


Meet Jack!

by IDA Africa

  As an orphan three-year-old Jack came to find safe haven with In Defense of Animals-Africa’s Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center after being saved from the illegal pet trade. Now fourteen, Jack has struggled over the years to maintain positive relationships within his group due to his abrasive personality. Five-year-old Kanoa however has decided he adores […]


Meet Milou!

by IDA Africa

  Six-year-old Milou has lived at In Defense of Animals – Africa’s Sanaga-Yong Center since he was rescued in 2010, soon after his family was slaughtered. An adventurous and rather fearless little guy, he lost his eye in a terrible fall from a tree in 2012, but has adjusted well to his disability. Milou currently […]


Meet Carla!

by IDA Africa

At In Defense of Animals – Africa’s Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center in Cameroon’s Mbargue Forest, rescued baby chimpanzees, , are provided a safe environment in which to learn from each another. They have all been orphaned by poachers supplying the demands forboth bushmeat and live orphans. One of the many things the young babies initially […]


Meet Ballas!

by IDA Africa

  At In Defense of Animals – Africa’s Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center in Cameroon, windy storms are common during the rainy season. During a storm a few weeks ago, a tree fell and damaged the fence of the 5-acre forested enclosure Ballas shares with 6 other rescued chimpanzees. Because he had chosen to sleep outside […]