Sierra Leone Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Programme
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Situated a mere 40 minutes outside of Freetown, Sierra Leone, Tacugama is set high in the hills of the Western Area Forest Reserve. The 100-acre Sanctuary is 15 minutes past the historic mountain village of Regent.


The sanctuary is well signposted beyond Regent . Scheduled visits are twice daily at 10:30AM & 4:00PM 7 days a week by appointment. The entrance fee is Le 30,000 (approx. 10 USD) & Le 15,000 for children. The fee for Sierra Leone nationals is Le 5,000 for adults and Le 2,000 for children. To make an appointment or for further details concerning our location please do not hesitate to contact us.

Detailed PDF Map of the Sanctuary
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Map: Bernie Eckhardt

The Freetown Peninsula consists of a chain of hills approximately 37 km long and 14 km wide bordered on the north-western and south-western sides by a narrow coastal plain and connected to the mainland by a low-lying plain. The hills rise to 2913m at Picket Hill in the south and 2497m at Sugar Loaf in the north. Tacugama is located within this area providing a buffer zone protecting the chimpanzees and other existing species from the negative effects of human settlement.


Travelling to Sierra Leone

The following airlines offer frequent service to Freetown. Flights out of Brussels, London, Nairobi & Accra are most frequent.

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Friends of Tacugama
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International Primate Protection League

Gorilla Haven

World Society for the Protection of Animals

Arcus Foundation

Kevin Mcphilips Foundation


Thank You John Lydon!


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Last Updated: January 20, 2007 at 16:20 EST