A Little Fun with Balls!

A Little Fun with Balls!

A Little Fun with Balls!

One recent day at In Defense of Animals - Africa's Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue when Anita, Selma, Carla and Nyanga had to be kept inside their satellite/night cage due to their incomplete social integration, staff and volunteers provided them with a variety of soccer balls for entertainment. They found different ways to play with the balls, but Anita ultimately discovered that deflating them could be the most fun of all!

Check out all the fun in the video here.

These youngsters ranging in age from 5 to 8 years were orphaned by poachers supplying the illegal bushmeat trade. When their mothers were killed and they were stolen from the forest, these chimpanzees lost something that could never be replaced. However, as IDA-Africa develops and carries out conservation programs aimed at stopping the killing and orphaning, staff and volunteers of Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue recognize that each of these lives is precious. They do all they can to help the chimpanzees find joy everyday. When they can’t go out into the large forested enclosures during integrations or illness or enclosure repair, enrichment of all sorts is provided.

By providing permanent sanctuary for confiscated orphans as well as information and necessary technical assistance to authorities, IDA-Africa and SYCR provide an essential component for law enforcement. Without a sanctuary for confiscated orphans there can be no arrests, prosecutions or convictions of illegal traffickers.

Video courtesy of Morgane Hichard