Publié le 28 Janvier 2015

Tic's Story

After his family was slaughtered and before he was rescued by IDA-Africa, Tic was kept as a "pet". He was rescued in February 2005 from an urban parking lot where the "cute" baby clothes he was wearing were amusing passersby. Living with a human family left him confused about who he was, and he still seeks emotional support from his human caregivers more often than most of our chimpanzees his age. However with the help of his friends, twelve-year-old Tic has learned that chimpanzees laugh, play and share lots of affection! He is the second oldest chimpanzee in his group and is a very important member who often intervenes in conflicts. He’s a favorite of caregivers and volunteers as well! Photo courtesy of Jacques Gillon
Happy Birthday Tic!

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Publié le 27 Janvier 2015

Selma's Story

Selma’s rescue took place in the small town of Bartouri in Jan 2011. Unable to sell the thin, listless orphan, a dealer brought her to a local church. The Reverend Adjibolo took her in and contacted his friend Selma Forotti, who had worked at the church for many years and had a relationship with the staff of Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center. Soon after, the baby arrived at the Center malnourished, dehydrated and infested with lice. A tight restraining rope was still embedded deeply in the flesh of her waist.

Named after her rescuer, Selma now enjoys her days playing with her closest friend Anita and other juveniles. She will never again know pain and fear, only safety and love! Photo courtesy of Jacques Gillon
Happy Birthday Selma!

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Publié le 21 Janvier 2015

2 great chimps !

Since 2006, ten-year-old Yoko (in front) and 11-year-old Johnny have lived in the same social group and formed a strong friendship. Having friends is the most essential component of a happy life for chimpanzees, and Yoko is both kind and politically skilled, which is gaining him many friends and political allies. He’s a bit too young now, but this sweet guy has leadership potential. Photo by Sean Brogan.

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Publié le 9 Janvier 2015

Happy New Year !

2015 New Year’s Resolutions per Tilly (above) and Shy –
Eat your favorite foods, enjoy the beautiful forest around you and play with your closest friends!
Best wishes for 2015 from all of us at IDA-Africa!
Photo courtesy of Jacques Gillon

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Publié le 30 Décembre 2014

On a hot day in January 2000, three-year-old Caroline and Dr. Sheri Speede waited in the town of Kribi, Cameroon for traveling papers from the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife. It was about an hour after Sheri helped authorities confiscate Caroline from a resort hotel, where she was caged as a miserable little tourist attraction. When she took her from that tiny prison, they became fast friends, and after 15 years they still are!

But today, Caroline is a beautiful young adult, and the friends who are most important in her world are chimpanzees. Thanks to so many caring contributors like you, she has grown up among other rescued orphans in the lush natural habitat of Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center.

This month we’ve rescued two new infants whose families were slaughtered tragically by poachers. While we can never replace what they’ve lost, with your help we can give them a 2nd chance to grow up and find happiness with friends.

By providing a home for rescued orphans, IDA-Africa enables Cameroon authorities to enforce laws against trafficking. We also provide essential information from the field and vital technical assistance.

IDA-Africa’s important work for chimpanzees is only possible with the participation of our human friends around the world. As 2014 comes to a close, please send an end of year gift for Caroline and all the amazing, resilient chimpanzees of Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center. Your compassion makes all the difference! You can donate on line at www.ida-africa.org.Thank you!

From all of us at IDA-Africa we wish you the very best for 2015!

Caroline and Dr. Sheri Speede

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Publié le 24 Décembre 2014

Happy Holidays 2014

On Behalf of Program Manager Karin Cereghino (in IDA-Africa Oregon office), General Manager Agnes Souchal, Personnel Manager Tchimisso Raymond, Veterinary Technician Nicholas Banadzem, Welfare and Safety Technician Gomdong Julien, the rest of the caregiving staff, the selfless volunteers and all of the beloved chimpanzees who depend on us, I thank you from my heart for your support and wish you a wonderful holiday!

Sheri Speede, Founder/Director/Veterinarian

Photo courtesy of Ezequiel Carballo (clockwise from left: Milou, Charlos, Daniel, Tilly, Xeko)

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Publié le 17 Décembre 2014

New arrival at Sanaga-Yong

Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center has just welcomed a new baby orphan. The little girl, a little more than a year old, was surrendered to our staff in a town a few hours from the Center. An affluent man in the town had purchased the baby from a poacher who had killed her mother and three other chimpanzees to supply the illegal bushmeat trade. The man who bought the baby initiated contact with us for the purpose of handing over the baby.

No legal action will be taken against him, but we will vigorously support an investigation of the poacher who killed her family. By providing a permanent home for rescued chimpanzees, as well as information and technical assistance to authorities, IDA-Africa enables and supports enforcement of laws against trafficking.

We are, and will remain, on the front lines, rescuing orphans and fighting for change.

While we can never replace this beautiful baby’s lost family, we will give her the opportunity to develop physically, mentally and emotionally in a safe and loving environment. Among 70 other rescued orphans in the natural forest habitat of Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center she can find a path to social acceptance, dignity and joy. IDA-Africa is committed to the lifelong care of our chimpanzees, but this precious gift of life depends on caring friends around the world.

Please let the spirit of this beautiful season move you to send a generous gift to support our newest rescued baby and her fellow resident chimpanzees. On behalf of Dr. Sheri Speede, the dedicated staff, volunteers and chimpanzees of Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center we thank you ~ our friends ~ for your dedication, support and compassion!

PS - Our baby girl needs a name! What name comes to mind when you think of a baby chimpanzee who is sweet, social, playful and has a curious nature?

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Publié le 30 Novembre 2014

The poacher who killed Moon, arrested !

The poacher who killed Moon was finally arrested this morning in the town of Belabo, Cameroon! When 13-year-old Moon went out of his enclosure late last June we looked for him in the vast forest, knowing we wouldn't find him unless he wanted to be found, and feeling sure he would come back to his group anyway if he didn't get lost. But he didn't come back, and we learned that soon after he left his enclosure he was shot and killed by a poacher, who sold his body for meat. We worked with our friends and colleagues at LAGA (Last Great Ape Organization) and the government of Cameroon to help secure and carry out search warrants for five houses, which ultimately resulted in an arrest warrant for one shooter. During the last few months LAGA agents have tracked him and ultimately worked with Cameroon authorities to carry out the arrest this morning. We are deeply grateful to Ofir Drori and our other friends at LAGA who fight for justice.
Moon was orphaned as a very young infant by a poacher who killed his family. From November 2002 until shortly before his death in 2014, he lived among friends who cherished him at Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center.
Picture of Moon (left) with Lucy (his best friend through his life) courtesy of Marie-eve Lavigne.

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