Kimbang and her best friend Gnala (left) are so thankful to you - our friends! Not only did we reach our $10,000 goal for two years of care for baby Kimbang, but we passed it! You have contributed so far $11,516! The Baby in the Box campaign continues for another 38 days and we are only $3,484 from raising the funding to help provide food, veterinary care and a safe and natural forest environment for Kimbang for a third year! It costs $5,000 a year to care for each chimpanzee of Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center and we have 72 residents. Visit Kimbang’s Indiegogo campaign and check out adorable new videos and photos of Gnala and Kimbang!
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced a final rule to classify all chimpanzees, both wild and captive, as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The decision brings to an end “split listing,” in which only wild chimpanzees were listed as endangered while captive chimpanzees were listed as threatened. The decision will significantly captive chimpanzees held for research, entertainment and the pet trade.
To help decrease encroachment on the beautiful Mbargue Forest, we have launched a new sustainable agriculture project in the villages surrounding the forest. The goals of the project are to improve the diets of our rescued chimpanzees and the local children, while preserving the forest and engaging the local people in a program that they’re excited about. Engagement of the community is crucial for protecting the forest and its endangered wildlife. The heart of the agriculture project involves teaching farmers new techniques and providing assistance for planting new crops. The most important of several new crops we’re bringing to the community are soybeans and black-eyed peas, which are sources of dietary protein that add nitrogen back into the soil, thereby increasing the productivity of existing farmland. Less encroachment on the forest for subsistence agriculture will be a measure of the program’s success. In addition, the new sources of food and income will help insure that local residents need not rely on poaching for food or wildlife trafficking for income. A second phase of the project will involve planting along the periphery of the farms certain native forest trees that are desired for their fruit or bark, which will increase the value of any given farm plot.
Baby Kimbang with veterinary technician Nicholas Banadzem safe and loved at Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center!
We are very excited to announce we have nearly reached our $10,000 goal! Only $900 more to go! Please continue to contribute to Kimbang’s care! And check out videos and photos posted weekly!
The cost to care for a chimpanzee at Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center is approximately $5,000 per year. So while $10,000 will provide for her first two years of healthy food, medical care and a safe environment in which to learn and grow, raising funds beyond $10,000 would be a tremendous step toward her future! At Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center we are committed to the highest quality of life-long care for our resident chimpanzees. We hope baby Kimbang will live to be 50 years or older, and we need to provide her with all that she requires to thrive physically and emotionally throughout her entire life! Thank you for your compassion!!
Since March IDA-Africa has been working with a coalition of individuals and organizations, led by HSUS, to save these beautiful chimpanzees who where abused for years by NYBC and then abandoned on islands in Liberia. Recently, our Sanaga-Yong Center Manager Agnes Souchal traveled from Cameroon to Liberia to try to bring some immediate improvements on the ground.
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Please check out Kimbang’s video and Indiegogo campaign to learn more about her story and how you can help!
Two-year-old Kimbang was rescued by police on a crowded urban street when smugglers dropped the wooden box that held her and ran away. Authorities transported her to Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center where our staff was heartbroken by the painfully thin, dehydrated, pale little orphan who was so withdrawn and clearly without any expectation of kindness. Old scars around the baby’s waist from a rope that had cruelly restrained her, the filthy dark box and her frail physical and mental state left us to guess at the horrors she had endured after surviving the slaughter of her family.
With warm embraces, excellent nutrition and gentle medical care from veterinary technician Nicholas Banadzem and the rest of the Sanaga-Yong staff, Kimbang soon understood she was among friends and began to recover.
Please help us raise at least $10,000 to cover the first two years of her food, medical care and protection! In helping ensure she continues her new life with all she needs to thrive physically and emotionally, your support will mean the world to Kimbang! Photo courtesy of Jacques Gillon.
THANK YOU TO LAUGHING PLANET CAFÉ FOR BEING OUR BIGGEST CORPORATE SPONSOR AND ONE OF OUR LEADING CONTRIBUTORS OVERALL! IDA-Africa just received nearly $6,000 from the Kid’s Smoothie Promotion, a program which makes a huge difference in the lives of the 72 chimpanzees of Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center! Laughing Planet Café is known for offering nutritious, affordable and delicious fare in a unique and fun atmosphere! But that’s not all! Their commitment to conservation, sustainability and the community is well-known and very much appreciated! We thank you Laughing Planet Café for your compassion toward great apes and your overall dedication to our beautiful planet! Please visit laughingplanetcafe.com
Both thirteen years old, Robby and Berchi have grown up together at Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center. Berchi is the only female in Kiki's group of five chimpanzees; we hope to integrate two other females with the group soon. For now though Berchi enjoys her days with Robby and the other boys, relaxing, playing and munching on wild fruit and foliage in their large natural forest enclosure. Robby and Berchi (left to right) – Photo courtesy of Jacques Gillon.
Happy Birthday Berchi!
Est birth date April 2002
In the summer of 2003, Berchi was just over a year old when she was delivered to Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center by a Dutch expatriate who was working with a Catholic priest in Cameroon’s East Province. One of the priest’s parishioners had given him baby Berchi as a gift after a poacher killed her family. At Sanaga-Yong Center Berchi made fast friends with Robby, and the two are still close today.
At Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center we strive to provide social environments in which the chimpanzees will develop strong social skills and bonds. When smart and dominant 7-year-old Kenza seemed bored with her group of juveniles, we moved her to Ballas’ group of 6 adult chimpanzees. She has been with her new group since last summer. At the time of the move Kenza integrated smoothly and has continued to thrive as a favorite of males and females. Kenza with Karmal - Photo courtesy of Sean Brogan.