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 […]


Meet Our Chimpanzee Champion!

by IDA Africa

  We are excited to announce the Founder and Director of In Defense of Animals-Africa’s Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue, award-winning author Dr. Sheri Speede has been invited to speak at the world-renowned Explorers Club! Dr. Sheri Speede’s heartfelt journey has been characterized at every turn by unique fortitude and determination. She speaks eloquently, passionately and with humor […]


A Watering Pool For Mongooses

by Karin Cereghino

  In the heart of the dry season in Cameroon’s Mbargue Forest, free-living animals can drink the water they need from beautiful little streams that meander through the forest. At In Defense of Animals – Africa’s sanctuary, Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue, the resident chimpanzees don’t have access to the streams, but they can drink water from […]


Forest Protection in Africa!

by Karin Cereghino

In Defense of Animals – Africa is working with community stakeholders and providing support to government partners in the process of making the Mbargue Forest a protected area. The ultimate goal is to bring eco-guards to curtail the poaching. Many meetings between IDA-Africa, government officials and community leaders finally have led to an agreement on […]