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Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary (Established 1995)
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Director: Bala Amarasekaran
Affiliations: Pan Africa Sanctuary Alliance (PASA)

Mission: The Sanctuary was established to home and rehabilitate confiscated pets and orphaned or abandoned wild chimpanzees. It plays a vital role in stopping the trade and preserving chimpanzees in the wild through education, communication and legal enforcement.

Principal Research Programs: Tacugama is currently completing a national chimpanzee census project in Sierra Leone. The overall goal of the project is to provide accurate data and enhanced knowledge of the Western Chimpanzee and increase the success of its long term conservation within Sierra Leone. The census project will deliver accurate population size, distribution and density data so that appropriate plans for chimpanzee protection and conservation of their natural habitat and ecosystem can be established.

Additionally the sanctuary runs a children's environmental education project working with almost 1000 children annually as well as community development and outreach projects to create understanding of the needs for long term conservation of chimpanzee habitat.

Number of Staff: 14

Supported Species: 99 Pan troglodytes verus (Western chimpanzee)

Publications: We publish a bi-annual newsletter in January and July and also regularly post news on our blog at

Comments: We welcome enquiries from people wishing to volunteer at the sanctuary - please ensure that you first visit our website for full information prior to contacting us, thank you.

Last Updated: 2010-01-15

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