Tacugama Blog

02 May

The Illegal Wildlife Trade: A Threat to Conservation and Wildlife Protection

By Daniella Samura, Communication Officer Tacugama Community Outreach Program (TCOP) “We all have a responsibility to protect endangered species, both for their sake and for the sake of our own future generations.” (Loretta Lynch, the former United States Attorney General) Wildlife species are the building blocks of Earth’s life-support systems providing us with water, food, fuel and medicines. Sadly, one-third of all animals and plant species could face extinction by “2070” due to climate change (Legal Atlas 2022). The illegal wildlife trade is...

29 Mar

Women’s History Month

By Haja Isatu Bah (Media and Development Coordinator) “The environment, after all, is where we all meet, where we all have a mutual interest. It is one thing that all of us share. It is not only a mirror of ourselves, but a focusing lens on what we can become.” Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Primatologist. As we conclude the celebrations of women’s history month, It is very important that we understand and acknowledge the vital role women play in protecting our environment...

13 Feb

The Face of “Babu” and Other Wildlife on the New Salone Passport

Daniella Samura,  Communication Officer Tacugama Community Outreach Program (TCOP) Sierra Leone is a small and beautiful country located on the West Coast of Africa. Its beautiful mountains along the peninsular which resemble a sleeping lion earned it the name “Lion Mountain”. Ironically, many Sierra Leoneans haven’t seen a lion in Sierra Leone. Notwithstanding, Sierra Leone is blessed with a lot of flora and fauna (biodiversity). It is endowed with animals like chimpanzees, forest elephants, pygmy hippos, different species of monkeys, birds, and...

27 Dec

Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary 2022: More than a Sanctuary

Daniella Samura,  Communication Officer Tacugama Community Outreach Program (TCOP) The Management and Staff of Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary (TCS) want to use this opportunity to wish you all compliments of the season. 2022 has been a milestone year for us at TCS. We saw the launching of the Chimpanzee National Animal Awareness and Protection Campaign (CNAAPC) in May 2022. This campaign helped us to reach out to more Sierra Leonean people, and it was a platform for the people to know about the...

09 Dec

Tacugama works with Communities to Protect Wildlife and the Environment

Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary (TCS) has been protecting wildlife in Sierra Leone since 1995. The Tacugama Community Outreach Program (TCOP) targets communities living in close proximity to known chimpanzee populations, and it is currently working in seven (7) districts in Sierra Leone. The districts are: Moyamba, Pujehun, Bombali, Tonkolili, Falaba, Koinadugu and Western Area. TCOP is also working with over one hundred (100) communities across the seven (7) districts highlighted above. TCOP has been very instrumental in terms of reaching out...

02 Sep

A Rare Jewel Sighted in Sierra Leone

Photo of a West African Elephant PC: Google Daniella Samura, Communication Officer, Tacugama Community Outreach Program (TCOP) Elephant species are just magnificent and breathtaking. They are as huge as a whale and most times as gentle as dove. It is really a beautiful experience for those who are fortune to have seen such a beautiful animal. There are two sub-species of elephants in Africa i.e. the West African Elephant and the African Savannah Elephants. These species of African Elephants can be traced...

02 Sep

Environmental Protection is the Key to Address Issues of Climate Change

Daniella Samura, Communication Officer, Tacugama Community Outreach Program (TCOP) It is really sad to see innocent people losing their lives due to heavy downpour in Freetown. We pray that those who lost their lives on the 28th August 2022 find peace in God’s kingdom. It is no longer hidden that we humans are the architect of our own destruction. The climatic changes due to human practices and this adds to the risk of flooding. Human beings cut down trees in a...

04 Jul

Poetic Support of the National Animal Campaign

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03 Jun

Chimps our National Champs: The National Animal Campaign Continues

It is as though the rains were just waiting for the Chimpanzee National Animal Awareness and Protection Campaign (CNAAPC) to end before it comes pouring down heavily in the City of Freetown. Well, I guess even nature throws her support for Sierra Leone’s National Animal, the Chimpanzee. As a staff of the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary (TCS), I am happy because I was part of the historic Chimp Week celebrations, and I am sure the past celebratory week will linger in...

20 Dec

Top 5 Reasons to be an Outreach Volunteer at Tacugama

If what you are imagining is taking selfies with chimpanzees and playing with baby chimps – you are not in the right place. But if what you are looking for is to make a significant difference in the lives of people and chimpanzees alike, strengthen communities and assist in environmental conservation efforts –