Publié le 27 Juillet 2014

Deaths of two of our beloved chimpanzees

We are reeling from the deaths of two of our beloved chimpanzees – one was the victim of a sinister killing and the other died from a terrible viral disease.

In late June, young adult male MOON got out of his 20-acre enclosure and disappeared into the surrounding forest. We looked for him and were surprised to find no sign of him, surprised that he didn’t come back. We’ve learned that a poacher killed him about 5 miles from our Center soon after he left his enclosure. He had probably lost his way in the forest. He was not afraid of people and didn’t hide himself. Thirteen-year-old Moon, who had been with us since November 2002, loved to laugh and play. He was especially tender with his childhood friend Lucy, who he adored. Though we can never bring Moon back, we are doing all we can to bring justice for him. We hope to report an arrest in days to come.

About a week after Moon’s death, on July 6th, an outbreak of the severe Central African strain of monkeypox claimed the life of our sweet MIKA. We rescued Mika in July 2003, when she was less than a year old. Her intelligence and gentle disposition endeared her to all who knew her. She fought hard for eight days to beat the infection, but it proved to be too much for her. This horrible virus, a zoonosis, is believed to be carried by small mammals such as rats and squirrels.

The losses of Moon and Mika have devastated us, but we must go on for the sake of all the rest of our chimpanzees who are helping us through our grief. We need your support more than ever. We’ve just launched an Indiegogo campaign to build an enclosure that will provide a permanent forested home for some of our younger babies and some adults, including females who may adopt the babies. Read more about it. I hope you will help and pass it onto others who will. Thank you in advance for your support!

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Publié le 17 Juillet 2014

Help Nyanga Find a New Mother!

PLEASE HELP NYANGA FIND A NEW MOTHER! Check out her video and Indiegogo Campaign - https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-nyanga-find-a-new-mother! A spacious new enclosure will allow us to pair Nyanga with a loving adult female chimp and introduce her to other chimpanzees in this new habitat. All donations - small and large - are a huge help and come with cool thank you gifts!

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Publié le 14 Juillet 2014

Ginger is happy to be back with old friends!

After two failed attempts to integrate Ginger (left) with groups of chimpanzees in large forested enclosures, we recently moved him back to the one-acre enclosure where he had lived for several years with Charlos, a disabled adult male, Milou, a disabled juvenile, and five younger teenagers. Ginger rejected all overtures of friendship from chimpanzees in the two new groups, making integration with the chimpanzees and a future within the larger forested enclosures impossible. Fortunately, all the chimpanzees he had lived with before welcomed him home with open arms. After a long grooming session with Charlos, he played and laughed for hours, especially with young Milou. While Ginger doesn’t have a large tract of natural habitat forest, he has compatible friends, which is most important for a happy life! Ginger (left) with Daniel (front) and Charlos (right).

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Publié le 4 Juillet 2014

As she nears puberty Kenza is becoming strong, confident and dominant in her chimpanzee group, but remains a curious girl who enjoys play and adventure. Photo : Jacques Gillon

As she nears puberty Kenza is becoming strong, confident and dominant in her chimpanzee group, but remains a curious girl who enjoys play and adventure. Photo : Jacques Gillon

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Publié le 27 Juin 2014

Palm oil plantations accelerating deforestation
The potential for new laws governing the use of forest resources this year in Cameroon promises an opportunity to stem the rapid loss of forest in thebiologically diverse country. But the changes may ultimately not be what’s needed to save Cameroon’s forests.

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Publié le 25 Juin 2014

Chimpanzee Friendship

Gentle natured Akiba is one of the lower ranking members of her group. She’s agile, healthy, beautiful and social, but she generally keeps a low profile and tries to avoid conflict. Akiba (right) does very much enjoy her friendship with Kadei! Photo by Jacques Gillon

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Publié le 22 Juin 2014

IDA-Africa gala in Portland

The evening of Friday, May 30th was filled with excitement as we held our fourth annual IDA-Africa gala in Portland, Oregon to raise funds for the chimpanzees of Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center! A surprise performance by The von Trapps, the great grand-children of Captain and Maria von Trapp, made for a magical evening! Having volunteered in Rwanda, Sofi, Melanie, Amanda and August, shared with IDA-Africa’s friends and family the Rwandan National Anthem, a message of forgiveness and hope! Photo courtesy of Carol Yarrow - Melanie, Sheri, August & Sofi.

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Publié le 19 Juin 2014

It's rainy season at Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center, and with the rain sometimes comes strong winds that can knock down trees. A few days ago this umbrella tree came down across our driveway when our chainsaw was broken (it's fixed now!). Three of our employees with machetes needed four hours to clear the road. We're just very relieved the tree didn't come down on a fenceline! Photo courtesy of Agnes Souchal.

Rainy Season at SANAGA-YONG !

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Publié le 17 Juin 2014

Sanaga-Yong in India !

The volunteer,Monica Szczupider, had a discussion with the Photographic Society of India about the plight of chimpanzees in Central Africa, featuring photos of the ones and only's chimps of Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Centre !

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Publié le 13 Juin 2014

Yannick is a well-liked and respected member of the Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center family! As a long-term caregiver for the chimpanzees he has established a strong understanding of and appreciation for their temperaments, behaviors and personalities. As part of our relationship with the local community, IDA-Africa employs many of the residents from nearby villages at the sanctuary and school. This Father’s Day weekend we thank Yannick and his family for their compassion for chimpanzees and contributions toward conservation! Photo courtesy of Jacques Gillon

Papa Yannick !

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