Recently, Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary hosted students from the Natural Resources Management and Environment Department from Njala University had. 15 of the third year students, accompanied by their Lecturer, Dr. Rashid Ansumana from the department went on the tour, where important knowledge sharing like understanding the importance of chimps, their life cycle, and protection of their natural habitats and similarities to humans. Class Representative, Yayah Fullah Kamara says, “We are so excited to come and learn about Tacugama and what they are doing in terms of rehabilitation of chimps, primate research activities, environmental education, community development and protection of wild chimps in community bushes.”
This field trip allowed students to understand the different species of chimps and their geographic range in Africa from West- East Africa as well as key threats affecting the Western chimpanzee. Lecturer, Dr. Rashid Ansumana says, “This trip has exposed the student to the wildlife as a key component in natural resources management. The students have limited facts on chimps that justifies why they are endangered in their usual coursework so this trip has allowed them to learn more about chimps and their habitat and perhaps contribute to their University work”. Tacugama was excited to host these students and inspire them to protect the wildlife of Sierra Leone and begin to explore the opportunities for wildlife management in the professional world.