THANKS TO OUR ESSENTIAL VOLUNTEER'S AT SANAGA-YONG CHIMPANZEE RESCUE CENTER
Dedicated volunteers from around the world work alongside our talented local staff. We require a six month commitment, although people with very special skills (veterinarians, engineers and diesel mechanics) are sometimes accepted for shorter periods. To learn more, visit the page !
Clockwise from front right: personnel manager Raymond Tchimisso (Cameroon), general manager Agnes Souchal (France/Cameroon), volunteer Mary Swift (United Kingdom), volunteer Alicia Chevereau (France), visitor Benjamin (France), veterinary technician Nicholas Banadzem (Cameroon), volunteer veterinarian Susan Donohue (United States) and volunteer Larry Taylor (United States).
In April 2010, five-month-old Milou was orphaned by a poacher, rescued by IDA-Africa and brought to our Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center. After losing his eye in a fall from a tree in 2012, we hoped he would show more caution when climbing high, but reckless by nature, he soon fell again. He wasn’t seriously injured the second time, but we knew it would be best for him to live in an enclosure without tall trees. We recently transferred Milou to a one-acre enclosure that has many trails through groves of tallish bushes and several artificial climbing structures. He’ll be safe here to enjoy the company of nurturing new friends, including disabled adult male Charlos. Milou (left) with Xeko. Courtesy of Agnès Souchal.
U.S. Bans Domestic Trade on Ivory and Rhino Horn
In an effort to crack down on poaching, the White House set a worldwide precedent last week in announcing a ban on the commercial import, export, and domestic sale of ivory. The ban is part of the administration’s newly established "National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking," which will work to set guiding principles for U.S. efforts to stem illegal trade in wildlife. However, the prohibition on the domestic sale of ivory allows for one loophole: ivory pieces considered "antique" can still be sold across state lines. The criteria for what constitutes "antique" will need to be clarified, but is now loosely defined as being more than 100 years old and must meet other requirements under the Endangered Species Act.
The U.S. closely trails China as the second largest consumer of ivory, and is one of the world's largest markets for wildlife products. Some estimates put the numbers of remaining African elephants as low as 400,000 with poachers killing a reported 35,000 elephants in 2012, a rate which continues today. IDA applauds the administration’s proactive move to protect wild elephants and rhinos and we hope it will encourage other countries to also take a tough stance.
When we received him at Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center in March 2000, his skull had been fractured by a blow from a machete. Three surgeries later he recovered, and we named him Moabi after the strong, beautiful tree that is also an endangered species. Relatively low ranking in his group of 23, he still has lots of friends.Photo courtesy of Jacques Gillon
Franz Spielvogel and his Laughing Planet Cafe chain create unique, delicious, healthy food choices while providing vital support for philanthropic causes, including conservation! They donate proceeds from smoothie sales to IDA-Africa and our Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center, making a huge difference for chimpanzees! Photo of Cecile and Njabeya courtesy of Agnes Souchal.
Nicholas Banadzem, seen here with Dr. Sheri Speede, is our resident veterinary technician at Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center. Having honed his veterinary skills in training with volunteer veterinarians from around the world, Nicholas is a very important part of our health care and management team. We and the chimpanzees are so lucky to have him with us!
Our elder Jacky, first resident of Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center, has been very sick for several weeks with a severe, life-threatening intestinal infection. It robbed him of his appetite - at one point he would only eat carrots and boiled eggs - and left him anemic and weak. Dr. Sheri Speede was at Sanaga-Yong Center to care for him, and we are so grateful that he is now recovering rapidly. He's eating normally, getting stronger each day, and we plan to release him back out in his 20-acre forested enclosure with his longtime friends very soon.