Celebrating 20 Years!
Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center
You have made our lifesaving work possible! Please join us in celebrating ~
Saving Africa’s Great Apes, New York City!
Thursday, May 2nd
Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue’s 20th Anniversary Soirée, Portland OR!
Saturday, September 28th
So much has happened in the past 20 years! We are very grateful to our friends around the world for your support, compassion and commitment to saving great apes!
- Over the years, Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue has rescued and cared for 89 chimpanzees, including 76 beloved individuals who are still with us. We have also rescued and transported to other sanctuaries 3 gorillas and a number of small monkeys.
- By providing a permanent home for confiscated chimpanzees, we have enabled enforcement of laws against illegal trafficking and possession of chimpanzees. They are no longer found suffering on chains or in small cages at public establishments, like they once were.
- We have provided technical assistance to law enforcement for many of these confiscations, as well as evidence for prosecutions of poachers and animal traffickers.
- Hoping to reintroduce/release some of our beloved rescued chimpanzees, we conducted an exhaustive 3-year study (2013-2015) of Cameroon’s forested areas. Unfortunately, we did not find a site that met our criteria, or those of the authoritative International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), for reintroduction of chimpanzees. So we focus on providing the best care possible for rescued chimpanzees, while we work to stop the killing, orphaning and capturing of others.
- We worked in partnership with the Government of Cameroon to help establish the Wall-Mbargue Wildlife Refuge, consisting of 28,265 acres of protected forest surrounding our sanctuary.
- We are working toward protection of other important wildlife areas.
- Our compassion extends to all animals. Along the way we have rescued over 2 dozen dogs and cats, who would have been doomed to short lives of misery. They have either become sanctuary residents or brought to the United States for adoption.
- Thanks to a grant from the Dutch Embassy, we built a school for village children in 2008. Today, Sanaga-Yong supports the salaries of 8 teachers in schools around the Refuge, including 2 who teach in the school we built.
- Our children’s book “Je Protégé Les Chimpanzés” (I Protect the Chimpanzees) and fun five-day classroom program teaches the local Cameroonian children about the importance of wildlife conservation and the humane treatment of all animals.
Throughout 2019 we are excited to share with you updates on our chimpanzees, sanctuary and staff, and highlights of how Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue has evolved and our critical conservation work has grown! We thank you for 20 years of saving lives together and look forward to a continued partnership far into the future!