A rehabilitation center for orphaned and confiscated chimps

Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary was founded in 1995 by conservationist Bala Amarasekaran and his wife Sharmila. Initially established to enforce wildlife laws and rescue and rehabilitate orphaned chimpanzees, Tacugama has grown into a diverse conservation organization actively engaged in community outreach, wildlife field research, environmental sustainability, conservation education and alternative livelihoods programs. They were instrumental in having the chimpanzee named the official animal of Sierra Leone. Visit Website.

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Sierra Leone

Interested in Visiting or Volunteering?


General volunteers participate in all aspects of Tacugama’s work. Activities include: assisting with chimpanzee husbandry activities such as preparing food, cleaning enclosures and making enrichment (but no direct contact with chimps); assisting in community outreach programs for education and reforestation; and maintenance tasks. 


Tacugama offers a variety of visiting options, from a sanctuary tour to overnight stays at their eco-lodges. Special events programs include yoga retreats, storytelling nights, and curry dinners. While you’re there, you can take a birdwatching walk or enjoy a jungle hike. 

Want more information? Visit their website to learn more.

Support Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary

When you donate to Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary through PASA your gift goes directly to rehabilitating chimpanzees in Sierra Leone.