Publié le 30 Septembre 2014

Children's book : "I Protect the Chimpanzees"

We've just finalized the designed version of our new children’s book, I Protect the Chimpanzees. A ten-year-old African boy who loves watching free-living chimpanzees in the forest near his village is the fictional narrator of this beautifully illustrated book. After rescuing an orphan baby chimpanzee whose family was slaughtered by poachers, the boy dedicates his life to protecting chimpanzees.

IDA-Africa’s education coordinator will collaborate with elementary and middle schoolteachers in Cameroon to read the book with classrooms of children, administer fun comprehension exercises and conduct impact surveys. We hope to reach 8000 children with our conservation message in 2015

We send our deep appreciation to writers Diane Toomey and Deborah Meyer and to illustrator Mary Swift, who each gave very generously of their time and talent for many months. And we thank International Primate Protection League (IPPL), Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Conservation Fund, Barry Payne and Susan Shephard who brought the project to fruition with generous financial support. Our own Sheri Speede was the content editor

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Publié le 27 Septembre 2014

Portland's 10th Annual VegFest

Please join us and fellow animal advocates at Portland's 10th Annual VegFest - nwveg.org/vegfest - this Saturday and Sunday, 10am-6pm to celebrate and promote compassionate food choices and lifestyles! Visit our booth to learn more about our work in Africa to save the lives of free-living chimpanzees, provide sanctuary for rescued chimps, increase protection for the Mbargue Forest and continue to support the local community. Dr. Sheri Speede will be on-site Saturday from 2-6pm to sign copies of her award-winning book KINDRED BEINGS: What Seventy-Three Chimpanzees Taught Me About Life, Love and Connection. Daniel enjoying a stick - Photo courtesy of Jacques Gillon

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Publié le 25 Septembre 2014

>>>Young chimpanzees are illegally exported for use in entertainment facilities, as here in Guanxi Nanning Zoo in China.<<<

It appears that the #CITES Secretariat is trying to sweep the real extent of great ape trafficking under the carpet. One can only speculate on the motivation.

Great apes and other protected species continue to be exported from Guinea, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and other countries using fraudulent CITES permits sold to traffickers by CITES national officials. Great apes continue to be killed and the young orphans shipped abroad.

It is disturbing that the CITES leadership allows this to continue, and even appears to suppress debate within CITES proceedings on measures to take to bring it to an end.

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Publié le 22 Septembre 2014

.Sometimes our chimpanzees make such good nests, they don't want to leave them behind. Here's Hope traveling with hers.


Hope is a dominant 16-year-old female, who was blinded in her right eye by a shotgun pellet when her mother was killed by a poacher. A logging company employee delivered her to Sanaga-Yong Center in September of 2001 when her multiple wounds were still fresh. Today, she's one of our strongest females.

Photo courtesy of Jacques Gillon.

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Publié le 19 Septembre 2014

THANK YOU so much to all of you who are contributing to our enclosure campaign!!

It's finally time to relax a bit! We raised $20,331 for the new enclosure! It includes donations through the Indiegogo site, as well as contributions specifically for the enclosure made by check or through our website. With this amount we'll be able to extend and divide an existing enclosure to give Nyanga and the others 2.5 acres of forest as well as a large satellite sleeping cage. Thank you a million times to all of you who participated and contributed in this campaign that was so very important for our chimpanzees!

Photo of Emma courtesy of Marie-eve Lavigne

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Publié le 10 Septembre 2014

Check Out Nyanga's Indiegogo Campaign
New Videos and Photos Posted As They Arrive!
1. Have fun with the campaign and donate on behalf of your pet! After donating on the Indiegogo site visit ourChimPals Facebook page and post a photo of your best friend!
 
2. Refer Nyanga's Indiegogo Campaign for the chance to win an exclusive Alpha Chimp Combo Pack (IDA-Africa baseball cap, t-shirt, tote bag, handmade chimp pendant and a signed copy of Dr. Sheri Speede's KINDRED BEINGS)! Simply log into Indiegogo and share the campaign via Facebook, Twitter, Google or email. Bring in the most donations via referrals and win!
 
3. Check out new videos and photos of Nyanga, Carla, Margot and Kanoa and share with family and friends. Have you seen the Chimp Conga Line or Nyanga and Carla chasing each other around a tree? Take a moment to relax, enjoy and "play with the babies in the forest."
 
Please help us build our new enclosure and a new family for Nyanga and her friends! 
Photo courtesy of Agnes Souchal

Fun Ways To Help In The Next 3 Days!

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Publié le 6 Septembre 2014

Njabeya is seven !

Njabeya (left) was born to Mado at Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center on August 25th, 2007. While her birth, the only one that has occurred at our Center, was due to a birth control failure, we recognized that this baby was a precious gift, and we chose a name for her that means gift or treasure in the local language. Njabeya has been cherished by not only her mother but by her entire social group of chimpanzees from the moment of her birth until today. She is graceful and self-confident in all her movements and is obviously happy. The lives of the chimpanzees in her group were enriched by her arrival and continue to be better because she’s a part of the community.

Photo of Njabeya (left), Cecile and Lucy (right) courtesy of Sean Brogan

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Publié le 3 Septembre 2014

 chimpanzee : variation in appearance

Adult male chimpanzees Simon and Gabby are both members of the Central African subspecies (P.t. troglodytes). Both were taken captive as infants by poachers and rescued by IDA-Africa. They live with a large social group in a lushly forested enclosure at Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center in Cameroon. Their faces exemplify the huge variation in appearance among the beautiful individuals of this subspecies.

Photo courtesy of Agnes Souchal

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Publié le 1 Septembre 2014

TODAY IS OUR 15TH ANNIVERSARY!

On September 1st, 1999, I brought the first rescued chimpanzees to our yet-to-be-named sanctuary in Cameroon’s Mbargue Forest. Our beloved elder Jacky (center), now over 50 years old, was among them. We don’t know Jacky’s actual birthday, but on September 1st we’ll celebrate his liberation from the small, dark hotel cage where he suffered more than 30 years and the start of his new life of dignity at Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center. It was his “rebirth” day. We’ll honor him as an amazing person who has earned our respect and love and impacted the lives of so many other chimpanzees with his leadership and compassion.

I extend my profound gratitude to all of you who have helped us rescue and care for Jacky and almost 80 other beloved chimpanzees through the last 15 years. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being with us on this journey!

Sincerely,
Sheri Speede
Founder/Director/Veterinarian
IDA-Africa and Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center

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