Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Freetown

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Chimpanzees are listed as Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) and due to effects of hunting and the illegal trade in wildlife across the world, they are at a very high risk of becoming extinct in the wild. Sierra Leone is home to the Western Chimpanzee subspecies and holds the third highest population after Guinea and Liberia.  The Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary is located on the outskirts of Freetown, in the Western Area Peninsula National Parkand and acts as a safe haven for many of Sierra Leone’s endangered chimpanzees. The sanctuary covers 100 acres of the 17,688 hectare national park .