Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Community Outreach | Education | Ecotourism | Wildlife & Environmental Conservation.

Established in 1995, Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary cares for over 75 chimpanzees and plays a fundamental role in the protection of the endangered Western chimpanzee in Sierra Leone. 

Chimpanzees are listed as Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). This means that they face a very high risk of becoming extinct in the wild. Sierra Leone is home to the Western Chimpanzee subspecies and holds the second highest population after Guinea. 

The sanctuary was established to rescue and rehabilitate confiscated pets, orphaned or abandoned wild chimpanzees. Our story started in 1988 when Bala Amarasekaran and his wife Sharmila bought a weak and sick baby chimpanzee for $20 fearing that if he was left without care and attention for much longer, he would soon die. The young chimpanzee changed their lives forever and led to the opening of Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary. 

The sanctuary now cares for over 70 chimpanzees in several forested enclosures. We are focused on the protection and conservation of chimpanzees and their habitat through education programmes, community sensitisation and legal enforcement. We employ more than 25 people from the local communities to take care of the chimpanzees and to carry out the field work and education programmes.

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