Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue is home to over seventy chimpanzees rescued from the illegal bushmeat trade. Now safe at our sanctuary, they live in lush, forested enclosures - free to climb trees, run, jump, laugh and form strong, loving bonds. Get to know our special residents!
Many of our chimpanzees were rescued as infants shortly after their mothers were killed by poachers. Others have languished for years, sometimes decades, on chains or in tiny cages before we could change their lives. At Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue, we are giving orphans a second chance to live with dignity and joy, and to build lifelong bonds with a new chimpanzee family!
You can make the difference in the life of a chimpanzee! At Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue, we are committed to providing the highest quality of lifelong care for our special residents! When you “adopt” a chimpanzee, your donation helps to provide healthy meals of fresh fruits and vegetables, highly skilled veterinary care, necessary medications, loving daily care from our dedicated caregivers, enrichment activities, and a safe and natural environment in which our residents can live a lifetime with their chimpanzee families!
To stop the poaching of endangered wildlife, Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue has worked for years with government partners and community leaders to create the Wall-Mbargue Wildlife Refuge in the beautiful forest surrounding our sanctuary.
Children in our part of rural Africa typically have no exposure to conservation values or to programs that encourage compassionate treatment of animals. We have developed a children’s book, “Je Protégé Les Chimpanzés” (I Protect the Chimpanzees) and designed a fun five-day classroom program using the book as a centerpiece to teach children and adults to treat all animals humanely.
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.