Sierra Leone Welcomes Jane Goodall, Plans Tourism Renewal

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Jane Goodall is traveling to Sierra Leone to have a good time the anniversary of a journey she took there 27 years in the past and in addition to assist kick off a brand new tourism initiative within the nation.

Throughout her three day go to to Sierra Leone February 27 to March 1, 2019, Goodall will go to the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary, which she performed an instrumental position in founding.

The sanctuary performs a broad position in conservation inside Sierra Leone, going a lot farther than simply defending the chimpanzee inhabitants, benefiting the folks with jobs, wildlife safety, environmental training, ecotourism, analysis and well being initiatives. Goodall nonetheless actively participates within the sanctuary offering steering and inspiration.

“We look ahead to welcoming again Dr. Jane Goodall,” mentioned Her Excellency Fatima Bio, the First Girl of Sierra Leone. “Her go to permits us to share Sierra Leone’s story with the world and to revitalize the worldwide picture of our nation, which is crucial for the event of sustainable tourism, conservation, and financial growth. The great thing about our pure range, wildlife and tradition can be a narrative that we need to share.”

World vacationers are extra intrigued than ever by locations which can be dedicated to conservation and sustainability and Goodall’s go to will showcase Sierra Leone’s sustainable tourism choices and the success story behind the conservation efforts of the nation that protects the critically endangered chimpanzees and their pure habitat.

Earlier than embarking on her journey to the nation, Goodall mentioned: “I’m trying ahead to my go to to Sierra Leone and pleased with the influence the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary has had on saving the nation’s remaining chimpanzees whereas offering wanted jobs for native folks. I’m notably excited to satisfy the kids of Sierra Leone and share with them my Roots and Shoots program. They’re our future hope.”

Whereas conservation and sustainability will probably be middle stage of Goodall’s go to, the nation additionally hopes to reposition itself within the minds of vacationers and overcome its troubled previous.

“We’re excited to point out our “only-in-Sierra Leone” choices, a lot of which can shock world vacationers,” mentioned Mrs. Memunatu Pratt, Minister of Tourism, Sierra Leone. “Sierra Leone provides world-class seashores, gorgeous endemic wildlife, wealthy tradition and historic websites, journey journey, beautiful native delicacies, and a heat and welcoming folks, that make our nation one in every of Africa’s most promising new tourism locations.”

Sierra Leone is house to one of many highest densities of chimpanzees within the wild on the planet in addition to different endangered species, such because the Diana monkey, discovered within the forests of Tiwai Island on the Moa river, and colobus monkeys, uncommon birds and pygmy hippos.

In Freetown, Sierra Leone’s capital metropolis, there’s a new Vacationer Data Workplace. There’s additionally a brand new Tourism In-Flight Traveltainment Journal and funding in infrastructure.

To doc Goodall’s go to, Michaela Guzy, Government Producer, Director, Author, Influencer and On-Air Expertise for OTPYM (Oh The Individuals You Meet), will create a movie, which will probably be proven at a particular screening in New York Metropolis in early spring and set the state for Sierra Leone’s tourism debut in 2020.

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