Project information

Ape Action Africa Gorilla Enclosure

We have a group of sub-adult gorillas currently living in one enclosure. We urgently need to separate the adult males. As they approach sexual maturity, it is natural for them to become aggressive with each other. We therefore need to build a new gorilla enclosure to house adult gorillas.

18 to 24 months

Charity information: Ape Action Africa

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  • Need


    Gorillas and chimpanzees are on the brink of extinction and we are working hard with the Cameroon government to halt the decline of the wild populations.


    One of the things that we do is to provide sanctuary for animals confiscated by the government as part of its law enforcement policy. We give our animals excellent levels of care - they live in huge areas of the forest in enclosures that give them as natural an environment as possible. We are continually working to improve conditions for them, and one of the things we need to do is to give our gorillas more space. We need to build a new enclosure so that we can separate our sub-adult males.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To build an enclosure to house adult gorillas in Mefou Primate Park in Cameroon.


    » Design and build an enclosure with satellite cages, to be built by local Cameroon construction workers, design advice from experts in housing gorillas

    Success will be the completion of the construction of a 200m square enclosure with a satellite cage of 5m x 5m x 4.95m within 2 years and establishing a new group of gorillas.

  • Impact


    We will see a significant improvement in the well being of the gorillas - fighting will reduce significantly, stress levels within the current group will reduce significantly and we will have two content groups of gorillas compared to one group of increasingly stressed animals.


    The key risks are in the design of the build and construction - the enclosure must house safely adult gorillas. We will minimise these risks by taking advice from experienced professionals in the field eg UK zoos, other sanctuaries in Africa.


    We will report by email to funders on build progress at quarterly intervals, including photographs of progress. The reports will include progress made, difficulties encountered and any amendments required to plans to achieve our goal.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £104,055

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,853 Enclosure Metal work, principally galvanised tubes
      £25,809 Enclosure Electric fence insulators & wire
      £17,526 Enclosure Cement blocks, cement, gravel
      £8,445 Satellite cage Foundations, carpentry and water towers
      £31,422 Satellite cage Metal work
  • Background


    Mefou Primate Park in the proposed Mefou National Park, Cameroon. We are about an hour away from Yaounde, the capital of Cameroon.


    We work very closely with the population within the proposed national park on community projects that will generate income for the villages. Their new income sources derive largely from visitors to the park to see our primates and understand the threats facing these magnificent animals in the wild.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are one of the largest primate sanctuaries in Africa and we have one of the largest populations of gorillas in an African sanctuary. We have 16 years' experience of working in Cameroon and we have a very skilled team of people who care for our gorillas and work hard to conserve their cousins in the wild.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Rachel Hogan

    Rachel is our director and has worked in Cameroon for 11 years. She is one of the world's leading experts on hand rearing orphaned gorillas.