Some of you may have already heard the very sad news of the sudden death this weekend of Kalie Ibrahim Bangura or KI as he was known to most. KI was the Senior Game Superintendent in Sierra Leone’s Conservation and Wildlife Management Unit (part of the Forestry Division of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security).
Since the concept for establishing Tacugama began, KI was a supporter and shared his broad experience. He was a true friend of the sanctuary and was always there to offer advice through good times and bad. More recently he was an active participant in our chimpanzee population and habitat viability assessment workshop that took place last year and from where the photo below was taken.
Genuinely concerned for the conservation of Sierra Leone’s flora and fauna, KI touched and inspired many both inside and outside the country and he will be sorely missed both for his knowledge and his kindness. We remain shocked and saddened at his untimely loss. Our thoughts are with his family and colleagues at this very difficult time, may he rest in peace.
Photo courtesy of the Born Free Foundation – you can read their obituary here.