Ape Action Africa

Ape Action Africa

Charity information

Ape Action Africa

We are passionate about great ape conservation in Cameroon, rescuing gorillas and chimpanzees orphaned by the illegal apemeat and pet trades. Help us to save their wild cousins from extinction!

Founded 1996

  • Mission statement

    Wild gorillas and chimpanzees are on the brink of extinction. Habitat loss and poaching threaten these magnificent animals like never before. Ape Action Africa is committed to ape conservation in Africa - protecting Cameroon’s great apes through direct action. Our front line conservation work includes rescuing orphaned gorillas, chimpanzees and monkeys, providing them with individual care, and giving them a safe forest sanctuary home where they can live with their own kind.

    Ape Action Africa is based at the Mefou Primate Park on the outskirts of the capital Yaounde where more than 100 rescued chimpanzees, 20 gorillas, and 200 monkeys are kept in large enclosures in the tropical rainforest.

    People are important to us, too, and we work directly with local villages, developing community projects that will benefit from the increased flow of visitors to the area, attracted by the primates in our care. One of our successes is a women's group who make gifts from recycled materials to sell to our visitors, the first time the women have earned money in their lives.

    Our vibrant education programme is a key part of our work, reaching out to thousands of children and adults every year. Many of them have never seen a gorilla or chimpanzee until they visit Mefou - it's hard to contemplate eating a gorilla or a chimpanzee after spending time in their awe inspiring presence.

    Photo above is baby chimpanzee Cazza, used with kind permission of Primate Handshake.

  • Aims

    Ape Action Africa aims to:

    • Our aims are to: - save even the tiniest life, - heal the wounds, - change fear into confidence, and - let them thrive in safe forest
  • Overview

    Established: July 1996

    Registered Charity Number: 1057061

    Full time staff: 37

    Volunteers: 6

    Phone number: 07870 682454

    Address: C/- Caroline McLaney, Garden Flat, 3 West Mall, Clifton, Bristol BS8 4BH

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  • Ape Action Africa Gorilla Enclosure

    In nature, it's one silverback per family. As other males mature, they fight for dominance... More
  • Care for orphaned baby chimpanzees

    Illegal hunting continues in Cameroon and more orphans are arriving in desperate need of c... More