The Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center occupies over two square kilometers and is currently home to 72 chimpanzees and five to eight humans at any one time. It employs 25 Cameroonians from local villages who serve as chimpanzee caregivers, round-the-clock security guards, and groundskeepers. The grounds include cabins for volunteers, a combination kitchen/office building, a vet clinic, an education center, a shelter for staff meetings and meals, chimpanzee enclosures and cages, and a small garden where some of the food for the chimpanzees is grown.
In the center is the kitchen, behind it and to its right are four cabins for volunteers, and to the left is the small solar energy center. In front and left of the kitchen is the raffia covered, open air visiting area, and the bottom front is the raffia covered staff hangers, where employees take their breaks and eat.
Located about one-halfkilometer from camp, the Education Center plays an important role in promoting conservation values and compassion to animals in the local community. Construction was funded by the American Embassy and many friends have helped keep a fresh library of books on animals and conservation.
Funded by the Arcus Foundation, the Vet Clinic is a vital part of our care to our 72 residents. Although basic, the one-room clinic with its surgery table, gas anesthesia machine, small pharmacy, centrifuge, microscope and screened-in windows, is a vast improvement over the outdoor split-log kitchen table where previous surgeries took place.