The Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary at Regent, outside Freetown, is one of Sierra Leone’s No. 1 tourist attraction sites and destinations. The Sanctuary is contributing immensely to the local content rebranding of the tourism sector. However, there was a major challenge with the road leading to the sanctuary consequently limiting vehicular and pedestrian movement of tourists.
Quite recently, Sierra Leone’s Minister of Tourism together with the Minister of Works, Memunatu Pratt and Peter Bayoko Konteh, reconstructed the 500km road from the main tarmac to the foot of the hill of the sanctuary.
This timely intervention of both Ministries has not only eased the problem of vehicular traffic, especially none four-wheel drive vehicles, but has undoubtedly increased the number of Sierra Leoneans visiting the sanctuary for which Tacugama is highly indebted to Memunatu Pratt and Peter Bayoko Konteh for honoring their initial commitment to reconstruct the road.
The sanctuary does not only provide educational tours to visitors but is contributing to the increase in conservation and environmental awareness in four regions-Moyamba, Pujehun and Koinadugu districts and the Western Area through education, research and livelihood programmes.
Furthermore, Tacugama has over the years evolved to providing researchers with a secured place to conduct research, both national and international levels. University scholars, local and foreign are also given the space and opportunity to participate in internship programmes.