Mefou Primate Park is a sanctuary in the Mefou forest, close to the Cameroon's capital Yaounde. It is under management of Ape Action Africa, a non-profit NGO dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of great apes across much of Cameroon. With more than 320 primates in its care, including 110 chimpanzees and 21 gorillas, Ape Action Africa is now one of the largest conservation projects of its kind in Africa. Many of the animals arrive at the sanctuary as orphans, mainly due to the illegal bushmeat trade. The center is open for visitors every day of the year. The first gorilla of the sanctuary was a one year old female called Gerri that arrived in 1997 after getting, as same as all their gorillas, orphaned due to the bushmeat. Although breeding gorillas is not part of the policy's center to conserve their limited resources for the orphans that need rescuing, Avishag gave birth to the first gorilla baby at Mefou in 2007; it was a male called Eto'o and sired by Bobo.

Mefou Primate Park keeps its gorillas in different groups that need to be separated in different enclosures. In general, all of them have very big areas of about 5400 square meters surrounded by a electric fence with metal posts to withstand termite attack. There are no indoor enclosures for night due to the good weather, but there is a secure satellite accomodation to confine the animals if work is needed on their outside area, to house sick animals or to allow introductions of new gorillas into a group. The outdoor enclosures contain dense scrub vegetation and high large trees.

Mefou Primate Sanctuary keeps 21 gorillas divided in different groups:

GERRI

BOBO

KIBU

NKAMUM

JASMINE

AVISHAG

NKAN DANIEL

SHAI

MVIE

NYUM

YEBA

NONA

CHICKABOO

NCARLA

SHUFAI

DJANGA

BANI

ETO'O

LUCI

CHRIS

PARRY


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BHARAT †

AFANGUI †

PIKIN †

BABY BIRD †


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