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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Publié le 28 Août 2014

Throw Back Thursday 2005 "The commercial bushmeat trade is an international multibillion dollar black market that buys and sells meat from the forests, much of which derives from endangered and protected species."

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Publié le 17 Août 2014

Foe at Sanaga-Yong !

We just saw 12-year-old Foe swinging a stick like a machete to clear the grass from a nice shady sitting spot at the edge of the forest in his enclosure. He was imitating the way his caregivers use their machetes to clear grass along the fence lines. Then Foe took a shorter stick to sharpen his “machete” imitating exactly the motion that his caregivers use with their sharpening files. Foe is very intelligent, and very cute!
Foe was orphaned and taken from the forest by a poacher in 2003. He has lived at Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center since August of that year.
Photo courtesy of Jacques Gillon.

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Publié le 14 Août 2014

Sambe, an active peacemaker in his new group !

Over the last few months, nine-year-old Sambe, along with his pal Baati, has been integrated successfully with an existing social group of four chimpanzees. Because the group includes adult males Amigo and Tati, there was a danger of too much conflict during the introduction. But Sambe and Baati breezed into the group, and Sambe is already emerging as an active peacemaker. A few days ago, he intervened in defense of Tati in a minor conflict initiated by Amigo. His support helped end the skirmish quickly. We’re so proud of him!

Cameroon authorities confiscated Sambe from a dealer in 2006 when he was less than a year old. He is pictured as a baby (on right) with Baati in 2007. He has grown up among friends and caregivers at Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center.

Please help others grow up happy at Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center by supporting our current Indiegogo campaign.

Photos courtesy of Karen Bachelder and Agnes Souchal

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Publié le 6 Août 2014

Integration : great success !

This summer Kenza was successfully integrated from the nursery into Ballas’ group. All the “boys” were elated to have a new young female added to their group and Aaron and Boumba immediately began gently vying for her attention. Several of the adolescent chimpanzees have been successfully integrated into new groups this summer in an effort to provide them with the largest forested enclosure possible and new stable and healthy social dynamics. The staff at SYCRC takes great care to carefully and slowly introduce each chimpanzee to a new group, so the integration is also beneficial for each of the existing members. Photo courtesy of Jacques Gillon

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Publié le 4 Août 2014

Grieving the loss of Mika and Moon ...

Grieving the loss of Mika and Moon will take a long time but what helps each day is seeing the other 70 chimps living happy, natural lives. Nyanga and Carla, our two youngest chimps are “best buds” and always hit the forest trail in tandem. Sharing hugs is a normal part of their day, and we hope they will soon be able to move into a new enclosure with surrogate mother chimps to provide even more nurturing. Learn more and help with this effort.
(photos by K. Bachelder)

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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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