Now more than ever we need your help!
We wanted to reach out to our friends around the world to provide an update on our sanctuary and chimpanzees given the effects COVID-19 has had on our world. Fortunately for them, the chimpanzees at Sanaga-Yong are unaware of the concern and uncertainty we all face.
We are fortunate in that we purchase all of our fresh fruits and vegetables from the local villages, but five cases of the virus already have been diagnosed in Cameroon. As of March 13th, Cameroon has effectively shut its borders, and supply chain interruptions are already affecting our access to essential medical and camp supplies. Our scheduled volunteers, including a veterinarian who was to travel with much-needed medical supplies this week, have had to cancel. We don’t yet know if the virus affects chimpanzees.
While we strongly support containment efforts around the globe, we are also gravely concerned about the effect of border restrictions on the sanctuary and the 76 rescued chimpanzees in our care. And we remain very aware that chimps, gorillas and other endangered wildlife living in the forest around our sanctuary will only survive if we honor our pledge to protect them. Despite worldwide circumstances, our critical conservation work must continue!
We are asking for your help in this dire, life-changing time. Since our annual fundraising event in NYC has been postponed, we are counting on you. Any and all donation amounts will help tremendously! Whether you can give $25 or $2,500, we will greatly appreciate it! Please donate today!
We will certainly keep you updated on our chimpanzees, staff and local Cameroon news during this calamitous time. We fervently hope the combined worldwide efforts currently being taken will stabilize the situation and provide for the health and safety of our fellow human beings and animals who are also affected.
To our friends around the world, we are grateful! And we wish you good health, hope and happiness!