03 Jun

Chimps our National Champs: The National Animal Campaign Continues

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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...

25 Nov

Press Release – Sunday Foundation

Sierra Leone – The Netherlands November 20, 2020 Sierra Leone’s Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Dutch Sunday Foundation combine forces to protect human and wildlife shared natural habitat: the rainforests of Sierra leone. November 2020 marks the start of an unique collaboration between Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary and the Sunday Foundation to educate and strengthen both urban and rural communities of Sierra Leone to preserve their natural habitat – the rainforest – and protect Sierra Leone National Animal: the Chimpanzee. Sunday Foundation: Help for the most...

10 Oct

Giving Day 2020

Giving Day for Apes (GDFA) is a worldwide fundraising contest between accredited sanctuaries for apes in America, Asia and Africa. We have a whole month to raise as many funds and as much awareness as possible for our closest relatives. Our goal this year is to gain at least 375 new guardianships to cover the daily care of our 96 chimpanzees. With your support we can win big prizes on Giving Day on October 13, and all donations coming in from...

01 Oct

2021 Calendar

Tacugama is excited to release our first fundraising calendar for 2021. We hope that 2021 will be a much more uplifting year for all of us, after the difficult times in 2020, and hope to share some daily joy with all of our supporters from the wonderful images in this calendar. All proceeds will go to sustaining Tacugama’s ongoing programmes. Please visit to purchase yours today! ...

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...