Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary
Located just on the outskirts of Freetown, Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary was founded in 1995 to enforce wildlife laws and rescue and rehabilitate orphaned chimpanzees. Tacugama has grown into a diverse conservation organization.
Caring for close to 100 chimpanzees on-site, Tacugama is also actively engaged offsite in community outreach, wildlife field research, environmental sustainability, conservation education and alternative livelihoods programs. Tacugama is also an ecotourism hub for Freetown – home to 6 eco-lodges, and a variety of activities.
The vision of Gola Rainforest National Park is to act as a catalyst for peace, prosperity and national pride in Sierra Leone. It is home to a diverse population of species, including rare and endangered animals such as the Pygmy Hippo, White-necked Picathartes, Rufous Fishing-Owl, White-breasted Guinea fowl and Gola Malimbe.
The project area is listed as an Important Bird Area and holds a high proportion of the threatened and endemic species of the region and a good representation of Guinea-Congolian forest biome species.