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!
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).
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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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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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.
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.
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 !
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
One hundred friends and supporters joined us Friday evening at Portland's beautiful University Club to make our annual fundraising gala a wonderful success! A really delicious full-course vegan dinner, plentiful beer and wine, a varied assortment of generously donated auction items, and the very caring supporters who joined us made the evening one we'll always remember with deep gratitude. Thank you to everyone who participated!!