The Libassa Wildlife Sanctuary (LWS) is supported by ISPARE, a fiscally sponsored project of Social Good Fund, a U.S. 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization.
Libassa Wildlife Sanctuary - the first and only wildlife sanctuary in Liberia
Located in Liberia, West Africa, the Libassa Wildlife Sanctuary is a sanctuary established in 2013 to address increasing declines in wild animal populations due to the pet and bush meat trades.
LWS is the first and only multi-species wildlife sanctuary in Liberia to provide a safe and secure sanctuary environment for confiscated, orphaned and abandoned wild animals who are victims of the illegal pet and bush meat trades, and whose mothers and often other group members have been killed for bushmeat.
Located on 20 acres of lowland forest adjacent to the Libassa Ecolodge in Kpan Town in Margibi County, Liberia, the sanctuary provides a unique and vital in-country solution for the large number of wild animal species kept in captivity as pets or stolen from their habitats to be sold alive on the street as future bush meat.
The three main goals of the Libassa WildlifeSanctuary are to:
Sheltering and rehabilitating wild animals
The Libassa Wildlife Sanctuary rehabilitates various animal species. Upon arrival at the sanctuary, rescued animals often have serious conditions that need intensive or around the clock care. The animals who arrive at the sanctuary are victims of the illegal commercial and wildlife pet trades, and are often malnourished and suffering from psychological disorders related to abuse and captivity.
Under the skillful care of the Libassa Wildlife Sanctuary, they receive a crucial second chance at life.Once an animal arrives at LWS, ISPARE and its partners make a commitment to care for that animal for the rest of his or her life.
At the Libassa Wildlife Sanctuary, we are striving to meet the highest international standards - including those of the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance - with the goal of releasing animals back into their natural habitat whenever possible.
A tremendous amount of resources are needed to provide the ever-growing number of animals at the sanctuary lifetime care. With your friendship and support, ISPARE and our partners will be able to provide a lifetime of care for these vulnerable animals.
The continued development and growth of the Libassa Wildlife Sanctuary will help ensure not only that proper care is available and provided to rescued and confiscated wildlife, but also create social, economic and environmental benefits and opportunities for rural communities surrounding the sanctuary.
Education and awareness raising
In an effort to contribute to the conservation of wildlife in Liberia via education, ISPARE and its Libassa Wildlife Sanctuary partners plan to develop educational activities and awareness raising campaigns to inform Liberians of all ages about the importance of wild life conservation and protection and the goals and daily work of the sanctuary.
Working with Liberian partners
The Libassa Wildlife Sanctuary is supported by ISPARE and implemented in partnership with the Libassa Ecolodge - the only eco-lodge in Liberia, the Society for the Conservation of Nature in Liberia - Liberia’s oldest and most prestigious conservation organization, the Forestry Development Authority - the Liberian government agency responsible for the regulation, utilization, conservation and management of wildlife and forest resources. All of us are working together to ensure that both Liberian citizens and international visitors understand the critical challenges facing Liberia’s wildlife and environment as well as the important steps that can be taken to reduce those challenges.
This is Jack, a Sooty Mangaby monkey. He was taken from his mother when he was a baby so does not know how to survive in the wild. Jack now lives at the Libassa Wildlife Sanctuary.
Meet Zoe, a Campbell's monkey. Before being rescued, she was kept as a pet in a popular restaurant in Monrovia, where she languished in a tiny cage where she was frequently teased and tormented by the restaurant staff. Although someone cut half of Zoe's tail off, she is still able to climb, and is happy and thriving at the Libassa Wildlife Sanctuary.
Infant Chimpanzee Rescued from Chimpanzee Trafficker
Meet our newest resident, an infant female chimpanzee we have named Portea, meaning "Lucky Girl" in the Liberian Kru language. When confiscated by the Liberian Forest Authority, she was extremely malnourished and traumatized. If she had not been rescued, she would likely have soon died from starvation. Learn more about Portea in our News and Updates section.
"Mamba Point" Chimpanzee Rescued
This is Sweetpea, an infant female chimpanzee who was voluntarily handed over to ISPARE and brought to the Libassa Wildlife Sanctuary.. Due to LWS' currently limited capacity to provide long-term sanctuary for chimpanzees, after spending several months recovering at LWS, Sweetpea is now living in a more chimpanzee-friendly setting, along with her best friend Guey, where they are both receiving 24-hour care while they await the construction of their future home in the new chimpanzee sanctuary currently being planned in Liberia. Learn about Sweetpea's story in our News and Updates section.
Guey gets a well-deserved hug at the Libassa Wildlife Sanctuary.
Infant Chimpanzee Rescued from Airport Police
This is Guey, meaning "chimpanzee" in Kru. Guey was voluntarily handed over to ISPARE and brought to the LWS. Along with Sweetpea, after spending several months at LWS, Guey is now receiving 24/7 love, care, enrichment and exercise while she awaits the construction of her new permanent home at another location in Liberia. Learn more about Guey and her story in our News and Updates section.