Tacugama Blog

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 –

05 Jul

Sanctuary Closed Until Further Notice

Sierra Leone is currently experiencing its 3rd Wave of COVID-19. As a result, we have had to close down the sanctuary once more. This is never an easy decision due to the great hit upon our daily income, but the health and safety of the chimpanzees and workers at Tacugama is our priority. We kindly invite you to lend us a helping hand during these testing times and purchase a little something for yourself or a loved one, knowing it is going...

05 Jul

Personal Review – Tacugama Forest Yoga Fest

So here I was, Friday evening, the night before the Yoga Fest at Tacugama, asking myself “Why again did I sign up; I have so much on my plate already.” There was the car, that just couldn’t seem to get fixed, an inbox full of emails and work assignments yet to be finalised and delivered, and then life, in general, in a big city in Africa. However, my guardianship for one of the chimps and the support to the sanctuary,...

10 Feb

Tacugama team publishes in Nature Communications

We are proud to announce that Tacugama has been featured in a scientific publication in the esteemed journal Nature Communications!!! We are also excited to come one step closer to solving a 15-year long mystery. Published February 3, 2021, titled “A Sarcina bacterium linked to lethal disease in sanctuary chimpanzees in Sierra Leone”. Some Tacugama chimpanzees have been experiencing a fatal mystery illness syndrome since 2005, and despite the efforts of many veterinarians and experts in various fields, we have still not found a definitive...