Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Of the hundreds of thousands of chimpanzees that once roamed our globe, only 5,000 remain in the wild. Tagucama Chimpanzee Sancturay is a sanctuary for (baby) chimpanzees in Sierra Leone who have lost their families and habitats to hunters.

Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary is a beautiful organization in the middle of the rainforest of Sierra Leone. In addition to sheltering chimpanzees, Tacugama works with major conservation projects across the country to protect and reforest the jungles where the chimps live. They do this together with the local population and governments.

Tacugama currently has 111 rescued chimps at the center, including over 30 babies. The cost of caring for the animals is high: food, care and medication, housing. In addition, there are Rangers employed by Tacugama to protect and monitor the chimpanzees’ habitats. They need protective clothing, training and a salary. With the money Campo Charity Foundation raises for the foundation, they can cover some of these costs.

Also, much of the money donated goes to the educational arm of Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Together with 12 schools around the Western Area Peninsula National Park and 15 schools in the districts of Moyamba, Tonkolili and Pejehun, some 900 students are working on “environmental awareness”. With the skills these students take away, they will be able to solve environmental problems themselves in the future. Great attention is paid to schools in smaller areas where the population has been living off the jungle for generations, with all its consequences.

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