Nyanga needs a new Mom and you can help!

Nyanga needs a new Mom and you can help!

I’ve been following IDA-Africa for several years and offering support where I can. Although I haven’t had a chance to visit the sanctuary in Cameroon, Africa, I am always looking for ways to help them, especially since they are a small non-profit that needs to make every donation go a long way.


I received an email that said, “You Can Help Place Nyanga With Her New Mom!” I’m such a sucker for the babies, and photos included with each correspondence show cute little faces and big beautiful eyes gazing back at you from the screen.

Meet one of the orphans, Nyanga. “Nyanga” means beautiful in the local Cameroon dialect. She certainly is adorable!

What’s disheartening is that Nyanga desperately needs a new mom! But, she won’t get a new adoptive mother until IDA-Africa can build her a new forested enclosure for the two of them to live.

So, how does adoption work in the chimp-world? Adult females who haven’t given birth to babies will often experience motherhood by adopting orphans.

“Small and large – all donations are a huge help and come with cool thank you gifts including IDA-Africa merchandise.”

A spacious new enclosure will allow IDA to pair Nyanga with a loving adult female chimp and introduce her to other chimpanzees in their new habitat.

Please take a look at Nyanga’s Indiegogo Campaign page, that hopes to raise $55,000 USD for a new enclosure. You’ll also find a video of her rescue story.

From IDA-Africa: “Small and large – all donations are a huge help and come with cool thank you gifts including IDA-Africa merchandise, handmade Chimp Pendants, Dr. Sheri Speede’s book KINDRED BEINGS, fine art prints of Nyanga’s Footprints, hand painted Chimp Sculptures and the pièces de ré·sis·dance, a trip to Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center!”

About Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center:
Located in Cameroon’s remote Mbargue Forest, Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center provides sanctuary in natural habitat for chimpanzee orphans of the illegal bushmeat trade. When a poacher kills a mother chimpanzee, her nursing infant can be worth more alive than dead, especially when smuggled out of Central Africa and sold as a pet or tourist attraction in North Africa or Asia. Some of the seventy-two resident chimpanzees at Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center, confiscated as infants from poachers or dealers, and others have suffered on chains or in small cages for decades before their rescue. At Sanaga Yong Rescue Center, which is committed to lifelong care, the emotionally damaged chimpanzees eventually find friendship and joy in adoptive social groups. They enjoy large enclosure complexes that include tracts of natural habitat forest protected with solar-powered fencing.

Website: www.ida-africa.org
Other ways to donate:  www.ida-africa.org/donate

Photo courtesy of Allison Leach