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Ape Action Africa

Ape Action Africa is passionate about great ape conservation in Cameroon. Our mission is to address the immediate threats faced by gorillas and chimps in Africa and to work with communities to develop long-term solutions to ensure their survival in the wild. We rescue orphaned and injured gorillas, chimpanzees and monkeys, some only days old and hours from death.

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Registered charity no. 1057061

Member since June 2021

About us

Our charity was established in 1996 when it was known as Cameroon Wildlife Aid Fund (or CWAF). Its primary objective was to improve living conditions for primates housed at Mvog Betsi Zoo in Yaounde, Cameroon. During 13 years of operation, CWAF expanded its mission significantly to provide sanctuary for wild orphans of the illegal bushmeat and pet trades in Cameroon.

CWAF meant a lot over the years to our dedicated staff and supporters all over the world, but we decided in 2009 to move forward with a name that reflected our commitment to great ape protection and aligned us more closely with our mission and its goals:

Ape…to provide sanctuary for individual, endangered primates orphaned by the illegal bushmeat and pet trades

Action…to actively rescue orphaned primates, providing rehabilitation and long term care in a protected environment.

Africa…to work closely with the Cameroonian people to protect their natural heritage through education and social support.

In the 12 years since this change took place, Ape Action Africa and the sanctuary we run at Mefou have become one of Africa's largest wildlife rescue operations. We are very proud of the rescue and rehabilitation work we do and the outreach programs we run. Whilst the threats to primates remain a very present issue in Cameroon, we are very positive about the future and look forward to the new opportunities we have to increase awareness about the plight of great apes and raise vital funds for our long term work in Cameroon.