In 1997, Portland veterinarian Dr. Sheri Speede made her first trip to Africa. Seeing the impact that the illegal bushmeat trade had on the local chimpanzee populations of Cameroon, she vowed that she would do something to help save the lives of the innocent primates affected.
And, she kept that vow, by founding IDA – Africa, a foundation dedicated to the safety and health of native great ape populations.
So, what is the bushmeat? It’s basically a synonym for wild game. Native hunters have been consuming wild animals for sustenance since prehistoric times, but as human populations have grown, many animal species have become endangered due to over-harvesting.