Hello everybody, this is Bernd or Bernie, like everybody calls me, writing. I arrived recently and will help out at Tacugama as a volunteer for some time. I am a geographer and am working mostly in the field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), so I am doing maps and cartography. Surely that will be only one of the tasks I can chip in to help here.
Bernie in the field
About 3 years ago I ended a 3 ½ year period working in Sierra Leone. During that time I got to know Tacugama and Bala and since then followed periodically what was going on. Then about a year ago when Tacugama announced on the blog that they had received the chimp orphan No. 100 and Bala had to decide that he could not take more new arrivals in the future without a new enclosure being built, I was thinking that I could help Tacugama when the time came for construction.
The good news is that means we are getting closer to starting the construction of the new enclosures to get the younger chimps into better and more natural environments. I will try to keep you updated on the progress. In the meantime I just thought I say hello and let you know what I am busy with.
Greetings from the peaceful forest to all of you, Bernd
PS: Miss Congo, a wild chimp, continues to visit Tacugama with her two daughters who are growing in size and curiosity. While it continues to be almost impossible to take photos of Miss Congo, we managed to get these great photos of the two sisters (who are very similar in age to our own chimp sisters at Tacugama, Bintu and Basma).