Tacugama Blog

05 Apr

April Challenge

A difficult month lies ahead but we must all stay strong, sane and try to do something good to make a difference. By participating in our ‘April Challenge’ you will be helping to make a difference for the Tacugama chimps! Check out the details on our flyer. A couple of suggestions on how you can set up your own campaign is through the ‘Be a Fundraiser’ section on our Just Giving fundraising page, or create a Facebook Fundraising page. We look forward to...

20 Mar

2020 Update on COVID-19

As the number of new confirmed cases of the COVID-19, grows worldwide there are high chances that the virus will reach Sierra Leone at any moment with some cases confirmed in the neighbouring countries of Liberia and Guinea. It is very challenging for the sanctuary as an institution at the forefront of its work of animal welfare and conservation to encounter this significant world health issue. We still have no fundamental understanding of how the virus could affect the chimpanzees and...

19 Feb

Budapest to Freetown!

Update: Valasi has arrived in Freetown with the Budapest-Bamako rally and is donating his car to Tacugama bringing awareness about chimpanzee conservation in every country along the way!The Budapest-Bamako rally is one of the largest amateur rallies in the world. Due to instability in the last 5 years, the destinations have varies from Bamako to Banjul, Guinea-Bissau and this year, Freetown is featured as the final destination. We are so happy Valasi and his team made it safe and sound! Here...

10 Feb

A Birthday Surprise

“A few words.. As I scribble this little note a smile tickles my face, and nostalgic memories of an incredible birthday celebration enables me to put pen to paper and hopefully be able to share the moment with others, that they may too look at arranging unforgettable and original activities, ones like Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Sierra Leone can provide. The sanctuary is an incredible place, it is silent whilst noisy, green with jungle and vines, brown with red dust and...

29 Oct

Volunteering in Sierra Leone, Teaching conservation through football

What has football got to do with chimpanzees? That was my first thought when I was asked to help organize a football tournament in the Moyamba district of Sierra Leone.  I soon learned that Tacugama does more than just look after the chimps on site. They believe the best way to care for chimpanzees is to make sure they never have to be rescued in the first place. This is achieved by the very busy outreach team who go out...

Picture of Caesar the chimp
19 Sep

BECOME A GUARDIAN FOR A TACUGAMA CHIMPANZEE!!

Giving Day for Apes 2019 happened on the 15th October. We would like to thank everyone for their very generous donations that helped us raise  $12,585. You can still donate via the Chimpanzee guardianship programme which is detailed below. 2019 was a remarkable year for us. Not only did we receive a visit from world’s most famous primatologist Jane Goodall, but the government announced – during Jane’s stay with us – the chimpanzee as Sierra Leone’s national animal and new face of...

14 Nov

Freetown and the Future

In August last year, the slope of the Sugar Loaf Mountain in Regent, Sierra Leone, collapsed, killing over a thousand people and leaving many more orphaned and homeless.What caused this catastrophe? Was it a “natural disaster”, the result of bad governance or something else? Could it have been prevented and has anything changed since? Most importantly, what does it have to teach us about our rapidly changing world? On November 28th we will host a London fundraiser to explore these questions....

15 Sep

Råd til dyr

Råd til dyr (Advice for Animals) is a Danish animal organization providing affordable veterinary care services. They have been kind enough to post a page about Tacugama and are collecting donations in our name. We are happy to provide a link to their website for our supporters as well. Thanks for all that you do! ...

26 Jul

Our Time at Tacugama – by Alex and Zsófia

Hi! I’m Alex, a 20 year old volunteer from the UK, studying a geography degree at the University of East Anglia. I am volunteering at Tacugama for a month over the summer break. It has already been a life-changing experience, not only have I learnt so much about Western Chimpanzees but also about the diverse culture that Sierra Leone has to offer as well as the challenges faced by conservation programs such as Tacugama in maintaining the countries remaining natural...

16 Jul

New Single by Tacugama Staff – “Salone is Our Home Too”

Tacugama staff are incredibly multi-talented and we are so proud to share with you our latest accomplishment. For the inaugural Tacugama Week in May, our staff wrote and recorded this beautiful song about conservation. Now, in honour of the first ever World Chimpanzee Day, July 14, 2018, marking the day 60 years ago when Jane Goodall first landed in Africa to study wild chimpanzees – our staff have done it again! They have released their first music video of the single...