IDA ( in defense of animals) was founded in 1999 by Dr. Sheri Speede an American Veterinarian and is managed by Agnes Souchal a French national.
There are around 20 local staff members and 4-7 volunteers at any one time.
IDA rescue center is located in the Mbargue forest of the Central Province of Cameroon near the confluence of the Sanaga and Yong rivers.
6 month stays are standard.
Volunteers have a number of responsibilities in carrying out the day to day running of the center
- Overseeing Local Cameroon Staff (french speaking)
- Ensuring food and supplies are brought in the local villages and towns.
- Helping in feeding and care of the chimps
- Other tasks and projects as needed.
Professionally Skilled Volunteers
Volunteers with veterinary or medical training, mechanical, electrical or construction skills & experience can negate their length of stay for shorter periods if desired.
Volunteer Skills & Experience:
- French at least to an advanced-intermediate level with good conversational ability. Being a french speaking country and working with local staff members, volunteers need to speak f.
- Experience in living in a developing country , or experience working with chimps.
- Fluency in English
- Team work
- Ability to drive a small manual truck
If required Accommodation and food is provided by the rescue center at no cost to volunteers.