WORLD ANIMAL DAY! IDA-Africa respects, admires and appreciates all of the sentient beings on this amazing planet! From the smallest of creatures, such as the Bumblebee Bat, to the majestic chimpanzees and African Savannah Elephant their contribution to our environment is invaluable! It is our honor to celebrate the animals of our world!
Photo of beautiful adult male Charlos courtesy of Jacques Gillon.
"Although it has not been hit by Ebola, the Gabonese government has introduced many measures to ensure that the disease does not cross our borders. One of them was the ban on the import or export of game meat from infected countries. "
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
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
>>>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.
.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.
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