Sierra Leone Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Programme
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Welcome to Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Sierra Leone. Located in the beautiful Western Area Peninsula Forest Reserve, close to Freetown - the capital, the sanctuary covers 100 acres of important rainforest and watershed. Tacugama was established in 1995 to home and rehabilitate confiscated, orphaned and abandoned chimps. It is illegal in Sierra Leone to hunt, capture, kill or keep chimpanzees. The sanctuary now takes care of over 90 chimps. Much work is also undertaken towards stopping the illegal trade of this endangered species, and supporting the protection and conservation of chimpanzees in the wild through education, communication and legal enforcement.

Home Page

We hope that you will find this website informative. You may also like to visit our blog with Wildlife Direct to catch up on our recent news or to make a donation to support our work.

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See Tacugama on YouTube

We're pleased to be able to present you with a short documentary film about Tacugama. We hope that this will give you a better insight to the sanctuary, our day to day work, challenges and aspirations, especially if you have never had the opportunity to visit us in Sierra Leone. We're very grateful to Paul Glynn, who filmed and produced this documentary as a gift for Tacugama after visiting us in December 2008. click to open video in new page

Information to Share

If you would like to share more information about Tacugama with your friends, family and coleagues then why not download and print our leaflet. click here (pdf)

Contact Us

Address: P.O. Box: 469 Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Telephone: tel: +232 76 611211 / +232 33 611211 / +232 77 611211 /+232 33 548572

Friends of Tacugama
The following groups make the work of Tacugama possible. See what else they support...

International Primate Protection League

Gorilla Haven

World Society for the Protection of Animals

Arcus Foundation

Kevin Mcphilips Foundation


Thank You John Lydon!

Thank You Lush!


Chimpanzee Facts

Chimp Facts

Chimpanzees rarely live past the age of 50 in the wild, but have been known to reach the age of 60 in captivity.

More Facts

Last Updated: January 26, 2008 at 13:19 PST