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Project information

Care for orphaned baby chimpanzees

Illegal hunting continues in Cameroon and more orphans are arriving in desperate need of care. We are currently hand-rearing 4 infant chimpanzees who have lost their families. It will cost £20,000 to buy milk, fruit and vegetables, medicines and pay for their carers and vets for the next year.

1 year

Charity information: Ape Action Africa

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  • Need


    The illegal hunting of great apes in Cameroon continues unabated. Adult gorillas and chimpanzees are slaughtered for their meat and their youngsters are taken for the illegal pet trade. The infants rarely survive, but the lucky few arrive on our doorstep, as did tiny baby chimp Jenny a few weeks ago. On arrival, the young animals need 24/7 care from our experienced team of vets and caregivers.


    The project will raise enough money to pay for food, medical care and salaries for our primate keepers so that our youngest orphans continue to receive excellent care.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Ensure that the primate infants become healthy & strong enough to be introduced to a family group.


    » Our dedicated team will care for them for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, until they are able to be introduced to other chimps.

    What success will look like

    Success will be when the infants are in family groups in our large enclosures in the forest, the most natural, safe environment we can give them.

  • Impact


    Our long term aims are to bring about change in attitudes and behaviours in Cameroon. Our vision is for the gorilla to become an iconic species in Cameroon so that it becomes socially unacceptable to eat great apes. Our success will be demonstrated when hunting is reduced significantly and the number of animals arriving at our sanctuary are significantly reduced - we would love to put ourselves out of business!


    The risks are the animals will not survive the trauma they have suffered at the hands of man. We have an experienced vet team and experienced carers to help them through the next few difficult months.


    We communicate with donors by email, giving updates on the animals' progress as well as activities and projects going on at the sanctuary. We also post frequent updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as well as news updates on our website.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £8,000 Milk and food for infants This will feed the infants for one year
      £12,000 Carers and vet care Pay salaries for 24 hour care and vets, buy medical supplies
  • Background


    Our project is based at the Mefou Primate Sanctuary in Cameroon. Although only 45 minutes from the capital, Yaounde, we are in 800 hectares of tropical rainforest where we have built huge enclosures for the animals in our care. This is as close to a natural environment that we can give them so that they can live in safety and enjoy the forest in family groups.


    The rich biodiversity of Cameroon benefits many people and it is vital that the gorillas and chimpanzees are not lost forever in the wild. We work with local communities on alternative sources of income and our thriving education programme reaches out to thousands of children every year.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have grown to become one of the largest sanctuaries of its kind in Africa, home to over 350 primates. We are experts in the care of great apes and monkeys and we have the experience, skills and knowledge to ensure that these little gorillas and chimpanzees can look forward to a healthy, happy life in the safety of a family group.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Rachel Hogan

    Rachel is our Director and has been with the charity for 15 years. Her passion and devotion makes her the driving force behind our project.

    Bibila Tafon - Babs

    Babs is our vet and general manager. He is directly responsible for the health of all our animals & is the first port of call for all new arrivals.


will buy milk for one orphaned chimp for a week