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 […]


Kids Will be Kids All Over the World!

by Karin Cereghino

  Here you can see Kimbang and Gnala having some fun at In Defense of Animals – Africa’s Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue in Cameroon’s Mbargue Forest. Kimbang and Gnala were orphaned and taken captive by poachers, then confiscated by authorities working in collaboration with IDA-Africa in 2014. Video courtesy of Sanaga-Yong volunteer Karena Tilt


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.  […]