IDA Africa was founded by former Portland, Oregon veterinarian Dr. Sheri Speede, the Center provides sanctuary for chimpanzee orphans in Cameroon, while promoting social and cultural conditions that ensure that endangered great apes survive and thrive in their natural habitats.
To help ensure the survival of chimpanzees orphaned by the illegal ape meat trade, our Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center currently cares for 72 orphaned chimpanzees in a forested habitat.
Chimpanzee mothers are easier to kill than males or non-parenting females. When a mother chimpanzee is killed for meat, her baby is illegally sold into captivity as a pet or tourist attraction. In partnership with the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife and Cameroon’s two other ape sanctuaries, IDA-Africa has rescued and placed into sanctuary over 100 great ape orphans. Once rescued and in sanctuary, chimpanzee orphans are given the opportunity to live out their natural lifespan of up to 60 years. IDA-Africa is committed to the lifelong care of our residents.