We work on the front line of conservation, saving primates from the illegal bushmeat and pet trades


The Road to Recovery

After two incredibly challenging years, throughout which and only with your help, we kept all 286 of our primates and dedicated team safe, we are now embarking on the next stage of our journey and we invite you to join us on The Road to Recovery!


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Amount raised: £493.70


25th Anniversary Book

Our first book is on sale now!


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2022 Calendar

Support us by buying our beautiful 2022 wall calendar!


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Who we are

Ape Action Africa is a primate conservation organisation based in Cameroon


Author: Ian Bickerstaff

Location: Mefou,,

Visit our sanctuary!

Book your visit to meet the magnificent great apes of Cameroon in a natural forest setting.


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Location: Parc de la Mefou,,

Volunteer in Cameroon

Please note that our volunteer programme is currently suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.



Our Impact


Rescued primates in our care at Mefou


US$ fresh produce purchased from local communities monthly


Cameroonian nationals employed by Ape Action Africa

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Latest news

  • 2022 Calendar

    Support us by buying our beautiful 2022 wall calendar! Read more

  • Caring through a crisis

    In 2020 the coronavirus changed everybody's lives. We closed our doors to visitors. We closed our doors to volunteers. But we never close our doors to the orphans who need us. Read more

  • Bobo and the Bushbaby

    In 2018 the world witnessed silverback Bobo's very gentle nature when he encountered a wild bushbaby in his forest enclosure Read more

  • Farah's Arrival

    When baby chimp Farah was rescued in 2017, long-time volunteer and photographer Ian Bickerstaff was able to capture on camera Farah's arrival Read more

  • Managing an outbreak

    On her second trip to Ape Action Africa in 2016, Dr. Stephanie Brien was faced with the immense challenges of dealing with an extremely rare outbreak of monkeypox in one of our chimp groups. Read more

  • How to be a chimp

    When David was rescued in 2015, he showed few natural chimp behaviours and had poor social skills due to the isolation he'd suffered. With help from our team and his fellow orphans, he learned how to be a chimp. Read more

Latest blogs

  • Mefou in Focus - Big foot

    Read Ian's reflections on the relationship we have with our mighty gorilla cousins and see an incredible close-up of silverback Djanga. Read more

  • Mefou in Focus - Chimps

    Read about Ian's fascination with chimpanzees and what he's learnt about these remarkable animals during his visits to the forest of Mefou. Read more

  • Mefou in Focus - Introductions

    Our great friend and talented photographer Ian Bickerstaff introduces his new blog series, Mefou in Focus Read more