Sierra Leone is right now suffering from the biggest Ebola outbreak in history.
The tragic situation also affects Tacugama and our daily operation.
We try to keep the day to day life as normal as possible but have had to take several safety precautions to avoid an outbreak at the sanctuary, including asking all staff members and visitors to wash hands in a bleach solution and having their temperature taken on arrival at the sanctuary.
Every morning we brief all staff members on the new Ebola cases in the country and check if any have cases in their area. None of our staff members or their families have been affected so far.
Ebola has unfortunately also had a huge impact on our financial situation. Normally we generate about 30% of our income by visitors to the sanctuary, our shop and our lodges. These visitors have almost completely vanished within the last months.
Another big part of our income normally comes from our field research work for other organizations. This field work have been put on hold for now, as it is not longer safe for our team to travel around in the country.
That leaves a very big financial loss for Tacugama and the chimpanzees. We are therefore incredibly busy trying to find alternative ways to fundraise for our running costs, such as animal food and staff salaries, but we need your help.
If you want to make a donation to the sanctuary or adopt a chimpanzee, please have a look here:
Every donation counts and helps! Thanks for your support and thanks to those of you who has already donated.