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Explorers Club Visiting Explorer - Rachel Hogan of Ape Action Africa

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Rachel Hogan OBE, director of Ape Action Africa, makes a rare journey from the tropical rainforest of Cameroon to share first-hand insights from eighteen years fighting to save endangered apes and monkeys in this challenging region. She will tell of the creation of the first bachelor gorilla group ever undertaken in an African sanctuary and the building of a special enclosure for the sanctuary’s most talented chimpanzee escape artists.

Rachel Hogan has devoted her life to the conservation of Cameroon’s primates. Her passion for gorillas began as a young child in Birmingham, England, and her dream to work with them became a reality in 2001 when she travelled to Cameroon as a volunteer for Ape Action Africa’s predecessor, Cameroon Wildlife Aid Fund. Just as she prepared to return home, a tiny newborn gorilla arrived at the sanctuary. No one had ever before successfully hand-reared such a young wild gorilla. Rachel made her decision: she would stay until he was safe. Nearly 20 years later Cameroon remains her home.

Throughout years of civil strife and regional unrest, Rachel has worked tirelessly to steer what has become one of the largest and most established primate sanctuaries on the African continent, progressing from shy volunteer through forest manager to project director and global spokesman for the project.

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Cameroon is one of the last places on earth where gorillas and chimpanzees still exist in the wild. Leading a staff that has grown to nearly fifty Cameroonians, who care for more than 350 rescued orphans, Rachel also works closely with government officials at the highest levels as well as local communities, to help them recognize and protect this exceptional natural heritage.

Rachel’s mandate for the organization has become more expansive and urgent - not only to protect the primates in their care but also preserve the forests for “their wild cousins who live free.” Her reputation continues to grow and be acknowledged, even by the Queen of England. This year, Rachel Hogan has been awarded the title of OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s New Year Honors List, in recognition for her sacrifices and her conservation efforts.

Ape Action Africa was founded in 1996 to contribute to the conservation of gorillas, chimpanzees and monkeys in Cameroon. As a sanctuary they rescue, rehabilitate and provide long-term care for these primates, many of them endangered, who have been legally confiscated from traffickers in the illegal meat, trophy, fetish and live animal trades. Ape Action Africa also partners with surrounding communities on income alternatives, education, sanitation and water initiatives, and welcomes visitors from all over the world on a daily basis.

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