See Manni and Kanoa Today!

by Karin Cereghino

Adult female Manni and five-year-old Kanoa were both orphaned as infants when poachers killed their families.  They now live in the same social group at In Defense of Animals – Africa’s Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center in Cameroon’s Mbargue Forest. Kanoa was confiscated during the arrest of a dealer in June 2012, when he was only […]


Volunteer In Africa!

by Karin Cereghino

  For the experience of a lifetime, consider volunteering this summer for In Defense of Animals – Africa’s Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue in Cameroon. We are seeking volunteers for 3-month stays during the period from July through October. Stays are normally a 6 month commitment, so this is a very unique opportunity to help, without having […]


Saving Forest and Wildlife

by Karin Cereghino

  As seen from a helicopter in 2002, In Defense of Animals – Africa’s Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue is located in Cameroon’s beautiful Mbargue Forest. Today the camp is still confined to the cleared area in the fourteen-year-old photo. Seven forested enclosures for our rescued chimpanzees, who were confiscated from poachers, dealers and some misguided individuals […]


See Mado and Future Today!

by Karin Cereghino

  Since 2004, eighteen-year-old Mado (left) and fifteen-year-old Future (right) have lived in the same social group in a 20-acre enclosure at In Defense of Animals – Africa’s Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue. Having grown up together, they are close friends and enjoy playing with each other. Mado is a dominant female, popular with males and females. […]


See Bikol and Gabby today!

by Karin Cereghino

In Defense of Animals – Africa’s Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue saved its first orphaned babies, Bikol and Gabby, in December 1999 and January 2000, respectively. Prior to that time, we had only rescued adults, who had also been orphaned by the illegal ape meat trade, then sold into captivity and inhumanely caged or chained for decades. […]


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 […]