Adopt an Ape

We have over 320 primates in our care, including over 100 chimps and 20 gorillas, and they all need food, shelter and medicines. Chimps and gorillas can live for 40/50 years so we have a long term commitment to them.….and you can help us take care of them by adopting one of our orphans and becoming involved in their lives with regular updates, watching them grow into their new family groups.

For £30 or $50 per year, less than 60p a week or $1 a week, you can get directly involved in conservation and make a difference where it counts. You can give the great apes a future. 

You will receive:


  • A biography and photo of your adopted animal

  • Regular newsletters

  • a 6 monthly update on your adopted animal

  • The personal reward of making a difference to an individual ape

And if you’re struggling to find a gift for someone, an adoption is a great idea!  


Go to the next pages and meet our apes to decide who to adopt, then complete our online adoption form and we'll do the rest!


If you have any queries about adopting one of our apes, email us at and we'll get back to you.


Shufai’s life almost ended in infancy when he narrowly escaped fatal injury from the bullets that killed his mother. After months of intensive care and rehabilitation, Shufai was looking forward to a future amongst a group of other orphaned gorillas when he was struck down by meningitis and almost lost his life a second time. After a remarkable recovery he is now slowly recovering his movement and abilities, as well as his position amongst his young social group.  Watch the early days of his recovery here.


Daniel was confiscated from a train in April 2007, after being kept captive for many months in terrible conditions. Starved and dehydrated, he was only half the size of a normal 2 year old and was so malnourished that the hair on his back had turned red. Daniel found it difficult being with other chimps at first but is now a confident member of an established social group and grows bigger and stronger each day.

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Nona was only hours away from death when she was rescued from a hunters' camp in the east of Cameroon. Wounded by the bullets that had killed her mother, she had been left for days without food or water, in pain and succumbing to infection. After months of rehabilitation, she survived and is now a cheeky, confident young gorilla, growing up amongst 9 other youngsters.

See Nona's rescue on our YouTube channel.


We know little about the first year of Djoum’s life, before he was abandoned at the door of Mvog Betsi zoo. Thin and frightened, Djoum had been partly shaved, possibly for use in a Juju (black magic) ritual or local medicine practice. Since arriving at Ape Action Africa, Djoum has developed into a friendly, open youngster, who has the respect and friendship of all the members of his group.


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Rescued from captivity as a family pet, Jackie was being kept in a locked wooden box in a hot, dusty back yard. She was sick and underweight, but possessed an innate self confidence that flourished once she had the opportunity to be with other chimps. Since her rescue she has become one the more dominant members of her group, with a fearless intelligence and a determination to push her own boundaries.


Yeba is the only gorilla at our sanctuary who is not an orphan of the bushmeat trade, but his story is still one of loss. Discovered in November 2004 by researchers in the Dja Reserve, Yeba was lying next to the body of his mother, who had died of Anthrax poisoning. Left unattended for days, he was lucky to survive the experience, but after careful medical attention and loving care, he has grown into a strong young gorilla, who loves to play and imitate the older males.

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Taken from the dead body of her mother at only a few months old, Avishag was confiscated from bushmeat hunters by Cameroonian authorities, giving her a second chance at life. In the safe environment of Ape Action Africa’s forest site at Mefou National Park, she has flourished and grown into adulthood with 5 other gorillas, giving birth in 2007 to a little boy, Eto'o - Africa’s first sanctuary-born gorilla.


Janet has overcome significant difficulties in her young life, narrowly escaping an uncertain future as a pet, when she was handed in to Ape Action Africa by an owner who didn’t want her. Later she survived difficult, multiple surgeries to treat a congenital deformity that might have left her crippled. As a result of extensive care and attention, Janet now enjoys full mobility and a positive future.


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Helping Endangered Primates in Cameroon