A baby and adult chimpanzee have been moved from Kenema to Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary on Tuesday 28th January 2020, by staff of the Gola Rainforest National Park. The two chimps were found with businessman Alhaji Amin Skaikay of TAS Store on Hangha Road in Kenema. According to Skaikay, some young men led him from his farm area along the Bo-Kenema Highway into the bush three months ago. He negotiated and brought the chimps into Kenema where he cared for them for four months. He said at first he was not aware of the law protecting the chimpanzees and other animals. He informed the Gola Rainforest National Park (GRNP) and asked them to return them to the forest or somewhere safe. Brima Sheku Turay, Head of Research and Monitoring in the Gola Forest said he heard about the chimpanzees through a friend. He said nobody has the right to keep chimpanzees and other bush animals. The chimpanzees will be moved to Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary near Freetown. He appealed to the community not to kill chimpanzees but report any sightings to their office along Dama Road.
By Saffa B. Moriba in Kenema
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