Many visitors to Tacugama have gotten to know Mama Posseh quite well. She is a dedicated surrogate mother to the baby chimps as well as making sure the lodge guests are well taken care off.
Posseh two years ago with Perry and Molly.
The infant chimpanzees are very attached to her (and vice versa) and she has a special place in the heart of current and former staff, volunteers and visitors to Tacugama.
Posseh 6 months ago with new arrival Morlai.
Tragedy can strike suddenly and two weeks ago Mama Posseh was called out in the middle of the night to hear her house had burnt down and her longterm companion had died in the fire.
The charred remains of Posseh’s house and possessions.
Nothing can compensate for her personal loss, but we have started a fund to help rebuild her house. If you are able to help, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations can be made in person, with PayPal on our website or through bank transfer; just let us know in the comments it is for the ‘Posseh fund’.
On the afternoon of 24th October we were delighted to welcome Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal to Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary as part of her historic royal visit to Sierra Leone. Her Royal Highness, accompanied by her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, was in Freetown to mark the 50th anniversary of independence and recalling the visit of Her Majesty the Queen back in 1961. More information about the Royal visit is available on the British High Commission website.
Her Royal Highness is well known for her passion for horses and she also has a keen interest in wildlife and conservation. Amongst the many organisations that she supports as part of her extremely busy schedule she is Patron of both the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and The Whitley Fund for Nature. Her visit to Tacugama was a great opportunity for us to demonstrate the important conservation role that sanctuaries in Africa are undertaking.
Here are some photographs of her visit to the sanctuary - thanks go to the British High Commission for sharing many of these:
Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal is welcomed to Tacugama
Princess Anne and Bala Amarasekaran, founder of Tacugama
Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence learning more about Tacugama's work from Bala
Princess Anne is introduced to six-month old Perry, Tacugama's youngest orphan
Princess Anne meets Perry and Posseh
Princess Anne and Bala at the end of the tour
We were very honoured to be able to introduce Her Royal Highness and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence to Tacugama’s work and the team – the tour was filled with lively discussion and in-depth questions which demonstrated the couple’s deep-rooted concern for conservation and the environment. It was a day to remember for all of us.
We hope you enjoy the pictures, we’ll be back with more news of Tacugama soon!
We were very excited to welcome Eva Mendes and colleagues to Tacugama last Saturday who were in Sierra Leone filming for the forthcoming documentary ‘Half the Sky’.
Here are a few pictures from their tour of Tacugama led by sanctuary founder, Bala.
Trying to spot some of the chimps from our treetop viewing platform
Bala and Eva Mendes at the viewing platform
The 'Half the Sky' crew after their tour of Tacugama
Bala and Eva Mendes at the end of the tour
We’re looking forward to watching the documentary when it comes out next year! We recommend taking a few moments to look at the Half the Sky movement website, inspired by the original bestselling book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.
Also, we’re pleased to let you know that the 2012 calendars are now available to order. You can order yours via the Tacugama website.
Finally, we’ll leave you with this picture of Perry who we introduced you to in our catch-up posts a couple of weeks ago. As you can see, he’s coming on in leaps and bounds and has started to walk around. He’s even started to climb a little bit!
Perry exploring the veterinary clinic