Publié le 17 Décembre 2014

New arrival at Sanaga-Yong

Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center has just welcomed a new baby orphan. The little girl, a little more than a year old, was surrendered to our staff in a town a few hours from the Center. An affluent man in the town had purchased the baby from a poacher who had killed her mother and three other chimpanzees to supply the illegal bushmeat trade. The man who bought the baby initiated contact with us for the purpose of handing over the baby.

No legal action will be taken against him, but we will vigorously support an investigation of the poacher who killed her family. By providing a permanent home for rescued chimpanzees, as well as information and technical assistance to authorities, IDA-Africa enables and supports enforcement of laws against trafficking.

We are, and will remain, on the front lines, rescuing orphans and fighting for change.

While we can never replace this beautiful baby’s lost family, we will give her the opportunity to develop physically, mentally and emotionally in a safe and loving environment. Among 70 other rescued orphans in the natural forest habitat of Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center she can find a path to social acceptance, dignity and joy. IDA-Africa is committed to the lifelong care of our chimpanzees, but this precious gift of life depends on caring friends around the world.

Please let the spirit of this beautiful season move you to send a generous gift to support our newest rescued baby and her fellow resident chimpanzees. On behalf of Dr. Sheri Speede, the dedicated staff, volunteers and chimpanzees of Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center we thank you ~ our friends ~ for your dedication, support and compassion!

PS - Our baby girl needs a name! What name comes to mind when you think of a baby chimpanzee who is sweet, social, playful and has a curious nature?

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Publié le 30 Novembre 2014

The poacher who killed Moon, arrested !

The poacher who killed Moon was finally arrested this morning in the town of Belabo, Cameroon! When 13-year-old Moon went out of his enclosure late last June we looked for him in the vast forest, knowing we wouldn't find him unless he wanted to be found, and feeling sure he would come back to his group anyway if he didn't get lost. But he didn't come back, and we learned that soon after he left his enclosure he was shot and killed by a poacher, who sold his body for meat. We worked with our friends and colleagues at LAGA (Last Great Ape Organization) and the government of Cameroon to help secure and carry out search warrants for five houses, which ultimately resulted in an arrest warrant for one shooter. During the last few months LAGA agents have tracked him and ultimately worked with Cameroon authorities to carry out the arrest this morning. We are deeply grateful to Ofir Drori and our other friends at LAGA who fight for justice.
Moon was orphaned as a very young infant by a poacher who killed his family. From November 2002 until shortly before his death in 2014, he lived among friends who cherished him at Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center.
Picture of Moon (left) with Lucy (his best friend through his life) courtesy of Marie-eve Lavigne.

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Publié le 26 Novembre 2014

Our collaborators at EAGLE network are announcing some jobs opportunities in Africa.

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Publié le 21 Novembre 2014

Cecile Dreams of Motherhood

Young adult Cecile enjoys time with the babies, including naps on platforms in the satellite cage.
Photo by Agnes Souchal - Selma and Anita (awake), Margot and Kanoa, with his foot draped on Cecile (all sleeping)

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Publié le 17 Novembre 2014

Be a volunteer for chimps !

Do you like sunshine & being outdoors? Want to learn 1st-hand about African primates? Are you willing to wash fruit, try speaking basic French, use an outhouse, and have the experience of a lifetime? If so, we need you! Help with daily operations at Sanaga-Yong chimpanzee sanctuary in Cameroon (ebola free). Volunteers needed starting early 2015.
More info: http://www.ida-africa.org/volunteer_215.html

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Publié le 7 Novembre 2014

Yoko in 2005
Yoko in 2005

In Defense of Animals, Ape Action Africa and other NGO's enable law enforcement by providing a permanent home in a natural forest environment for confiscated orphans and by providing information and technical assistance to authorities and LAGA.

IDA-Africa assisted authorities with the confiscation of Yoko in 2005; today he's a beautiful older adolescent. Photo of baby Yoko courtesy of Marie-eve Lavigne.

Yoko in 2014 (photo Jacques Gillon)

Yoko in 2014 (photo Jacques Gillon)

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Publié le 31 Octobre 2014

Cameroon : arrest operations focused on the illegal trade in great apes

A baby chimp looked at the remaining of the massacre of his slaughtered family - 7 chimp heads and 30 legs and hands as the two traffickers specialized in this illegal trade were handcuffed and interrogated for their cross-border activities with Nigeria. The two were arrested in a sting of operation following an undercover investigation by wildlife and police officials working in collaboration with LAGA, they are behind bars on trial now facing a maximum penalty of 3 years in prison. The traffickers were found with large quantity of giant pangolin scales, a demand for which exists exclusively in China, indicating the international dimension of their illegal activity .
This case is just one of many, in a series of arrest operations focused on the illegal trade in great apes exposing magnitude and sophistication that remained, till recently, unknown.
Under the framework LAGA operations in the past 4 months alone: 22 ape traffickers were arrested , with a total of over 34 chimp skulls and fresh heads; 34 fresh chimp limbs; 24 gorilla skulls and fresh heads and 16 fresh gorilla limbs have been seized. This is the very first time such huge consignment of these ape parts is being seized anywhere in the world.
All ape traffickers are jailed, in addition to many other ivory and elephant parts traffickers arrested this year.
The EAGLE Network, grouping all the LAGA replications, is moving to the next step intended to increase the level and number of jailed traffickers, that already exceeded 1,000.

The baby is safe at APE ACTION AFRICA, please help them
http://www.laga-enforcement.org/

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Publié le 29 Octobre 2014

Musings from a Sanaga-Yong volunteer

"The gray mist envelopes us in silence as we watch light touch the forest floor. The ancient trees breathe peace. The calls of a pair of birds break the spell and all eyes gaze upward, the chimps somewhat fearful of the noise so close. We watch together as the birds dance in mid-air and fall away into the dense green canopy. For a few moments longer, the babies sit quietly, grooming one another, lost in dim memories of their mothers’ arms…"
photos/text courtesy of K. Bachelder

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Publié le 20 Octobre 2014

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