P.O. Box 2743, Portland
OR 97208

Welcome to
Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue


Formerly IDA Africa

While rescuing and caring for illegally trafficked chimpanzee orphans,
SYCR is working to solve the root of the problem through national and international awareness and by
working with Cameroon's Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife to support law enforcement and increase forest protection.

The Plight of Chimpanzees

In the forests of Cameroon, habitat destruction and the illegal ape meat trade are driving chimpanzees rapidly toward extinction. While vulnerable populations dwindle, individuals suffer unimaginably. The chimpanzees who die violently at the hands of poachers are not the only victims of the ape meat trade. Infants who survive the hunt can be sold as pets in Cameroon or smuggled out of the country to meet the growing demand from Asian zoos, ultimately condemned to malnutrition, disease, loneliness and misery. As a result of the lucrative international trade, some poachers specifically target nursing mothers for their infants. Sadly, females carrying babies are often slower and easier to hit with shotguns.

How We Are Helping

  • Working in collaboration with Cameroon’s Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife (MINFOF), we provide permanent sanctuary for confiscated chimpanzees, thereby enabling enforcement of laws against trafficking. We currently care for over 70 chimpanzees, ranging in age from three to over 50 years.
  • We collaborate with the government to protect habitat of chimpanzees, gorillas and other endangered wildlife.
  • We educate and sensitize populations about the importance of conservation, with an emphasis on primary school children.
  • We increase the engagement of local people through employment opportunities and programs that improve their lives.
Kimbang and Gnala are African Chimpanzees

Upcoming Event

SYCR Event

Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue’s 20th Anniversary Soirée!

Saturday, September 28th at the Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland, OR

20 years ago, Dr. Sheri Speede left her life in the States for a tent in the African jungle.Her sacrifices have transformed countless lives. SYCR is her legacy that gives us hope for the future. As we go forward together, we CAN save chimpanzees from extinction.

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Latest Blog Post

In 2004, Jack was confiscated in the Cameroon town of Nanga Eboko, where he had been held as a “pet” for 3 years.  He was malnourished and small f...

Future, A Popular Leader

Seventeen-year-old Future has been the alpha male of his social group of 19 rescued chimpanzees for about two years. F...

Females in Future’s group have a good sense of justice and help keep peace. In a recent late afternoon altercation between adult males Simon and Bo...


Email: info@sanaga-yong.org
Phone: 971-544-7772
Address: P.O. Box 2743, Portland OR 97208

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