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9 April 2019 / leggypeggy

Liberia’s only sanctuary for rescued animals

taking a picture of a Campbell monkey

Taking a picture of a Campbell monkey isn’t always easy (Photo by Gary Foster)

A few years back, Libassa Ecolodge, Beach and Lagoon Resort opened Liberia’s first (and only) animal sanctuary. It’s mission is to protect animals that have been orphaned or have been cruelly or illegally kept.

The sanctuary strives to return as many of its residents as possible to the wild, but provides ongoing care for those that cannot survive on their own. For example, some birds can no longer fly and there’s a blind crocodile (probably lost its sight in a fight).



We were there about feeding time. While most of the animals are caged for their own protection, some are allowed to roam free. I found out first-hand that it’s hard to take pictures of a Campbell monkey.

Tours of the sanctuary are offered daily with Jason, a British naturalist, conducting the visits. Admission is $5 per person and helps to support the operation. I haven’t added captions to every photo, mostly because I’m not sure of the right species names.

P.S. Libassa is about 30 minutes east of Monrovia, Liberia’s capital. The day we left the resort, we spotted a mistreated chained chimpanzee on the west side of Monrovia (near the port). We called the sanctuary to let them know and are still waiting to see if they were successful in rescuing it.

Campbell monkey

Finally captured a pic of the Campbell monkey


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  1. myexpressionofthoughtsblog / Apr 9 2019 7:23 pm

    Magnificent share

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  2. beetleypete / Apr 9 2019 7:38 pm

    That monkey seems to be looking into our souls.
    I hope the chained chimp got rescued by the sanctuary.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 10 2019 2:49 am

      We hope so too, Pete. It would have been rescued as long as it was still in the place we saw it. Otherwise, who knows!

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  3. Sharon Bonin-Pratt / Apr 9 2019 7:52 pm

    I bet this isn’t an ordinary experience for most tourists. These animals are so fortunate to live at this sanctuary. I’d like to adopt the beautiful duiker. And that baby sloth. You should probably send a bill for the photography lessons given to the Campbell monkey. Look at that face he finally let you get a pic of – so sweet.

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 10 2019 2:50 am

      It was such a wonderful experience to have the monkey gazing so closely into my camera. He really managed to hang on.

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  4. fragglerocking / Apr 9 2019 7:54 pm

    Lovely photo’s and the Campbell monkey! So cute.

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  5. ksbeth / Apr 9 2019 8:15 pm

    how wonderful

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  6. gigglingfattie / Apr 9 2019 9:43 pm

    That last picture is amazing!!

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  7. Milly and Dick / Apr 10 2019 12:55 am

    Loved this post and the one about hair.

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 10 2019 3:07 am

      Thanks so much. Now we need to organise some travel together.


  8. ralietravels / Apr 10 2019 12:57 am

    That top photo with the monkey looking into the camera is great, the sort that gets thousands of shares around the Internet.

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  9. Gilda Baxter / Apr 10 2019 1:12 am

    How fantastic the work a place like this does. Wonderful 🙂

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 10 2019 2:53 am

      They are finding new victims all the time and are running out of space, so I hope another sanctuary can be opened soon.


  10. Sy S. / Apr 10 2019 1:41 am

    The Campbell Monkey looking through the camera lens might be saying, “ICU UCMe!”
    Q: Are they like many monkeys in parks, do they try to grab some food, items off of tourists?

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 10 2019 2:54 am

      We didn’t take in any food and the only thing the Campbell monkey tried to grab was my camera. I think he saw his reflection.


  11. Lynette d'Arty-Cross / Apr 10 2019 4:32 am

    I always get sad-happy when I hear about animal sanctuaries. Sad that we need them at all but happy that they exist. Thanks for sharing these great photos, especially the one of the birds. 🙂

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 10 2019 6:16 am

      You are most welcome. I know what you mean about the sad–happy feeling.

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  12. Zambian Lady / Apr 10 2019 5:18 am

    That monkey will be a cameraman when it grows up, I tell you. It’s sad when animals are mistreated, but many people in other cultures don’t see it that way so unfortunately. I know because I once thought like that.

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 10 2019 6:17 am

      I look forward to seeing the first primate cameraman! Haha! It’s good that more cultures are learning about to care for our animals.

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  13. Popping Wheelies / Apr 10 2019 7:07 am

    A wonderful place to visit and for what it does. 😎👍

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  14. Chris Riley / Apr 10 2019 3:31 pm

    I’m pleased that picture of you and the monkey was captured too. It’s a classic. Love the last one as well. a gorgeous creature. Isn’t it great that there’s enough selfless, dedicated people still left to counteract the damage done by the people who exist at the opposite end of the scale.

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 10 2019 4:12 pm

      Excellent point Chris. We need more of these selfless, dedicated people.

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  15. thewonderer86 / Apr 10 2019 6:22 pm

    The first monkey pic is hilarious, the second gorgeous. Those eyes!

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  16. shawnthompsonart / Apr 12 2019 11:54 am

    Its nice to know that they try to return these animals to the wild.

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 14 2019 9:24 pm

      I agree. They have already secluded some animals in preparation for release.


  17. pvcann / Apr 12 2019 12:24 pm

    I laughed so much at that first pic, loving these photos.

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  18. Green Global Trek / Apr 12 2019 4:15 pm

    I find sanctuaries bring out mixed emotions in me. Happiness that someone has saved and provided for animals that have been abused and or neglected and yet sad for those that never return to the wild.

    That photo of trying to take a photo of the monkey is just wonderful! hahaha.


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    • leggypeggy / Apr 14 2019 9:25 pm

      Yes, sanctuaries bring out very mixed emotions. This one is doing a good job.


  19. Curt Mekemson / Apr 15 2019 6:32 am

    Great shot of the monkey, Peggy. Those animals, I might note, are also lucky to have not ended up in chop. We have an animal sanctuary about a quarter of a mile away from us where the animals are welcome to live out their lives in comfort. Since they are all domestic animals, there is no turning them back to the wild. –Curt

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 15 2019 7:21 am

      Sanctuaries done right play an important role. I’ll always love that pic with the monkey.


  20. animalgirl360 / Apr 18 2019 1:21 am

    I love it! But it’s kinda sad that there’s only 1 animal rescue shelter in Somalia! 😀

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  21. Brett Stadelmann / Apr 18 2019 4:18 am

    Hi Peggy,
    I’ve been thoroughly enjoying your African adventure. Thanks for all of your shares.
    My magazine on sustainability is shaping up nicely, I’m hoping to publish soon, and I am still interested in featuring a piece by you.
    This one would work quite nicely. If you’re interested in contributing this piece, maybe slightly adjusted to make it magazine-suitable, and if the sanctuary is happy for it, just let me know 🙂

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 20 2019 7:40 am

      Hi Brett — sorry to take so long to reply. Remote travel. I’m sure the sanctuary would be interested. It’s at the Libassa EcoLodge and the fellow who looks after the sanctuary is named Jason. I’m not able to contact him easily until I get home in mid-May. You are most welcome to do so.


      • Brett Stadelmann / Apr 20 2019 8:36 am

        All good. Thank very much for that. I’ll let you know how I get on 😉

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      • Brett Stadelmann / May 13 2019 7:11 am

        Hi Peggy,
        I never heard back from Jason, and got too busy to chase it up. My first issue is now complete. You’re welcome to peruse it whenever you have some free time, and an internet connection 🙂
        I might try Jason again when I have some time to work on my second issue.
        I would still love to include something from you in a future issue, if you’d be interested in some kind of collaboration.
        All the best,


  22. jeanleesworld / May 11 2019 12:20 pm

    Okay, that monkey grabbing your camera made me laugh. But look at that close-up at the end! You’ve a gift with the lens, my friend xxxxxxxxxx

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  23. A. G. Moore / May 29 2019 3:35 pm

    What a lovely post. Glad I discovered it. They’re all beautiful, but Duiker especially.

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  24. marasmeows / Jun 4 2019 9:46 pm

    Thankyou for this. I think I will add this sanctuary to my places to visit. Always nice to see humans choosing to help animals, especially wildlife, and especially in a country where it is not the norm.

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 4 2019 10:49 pm

      You are most welcome. I thought this sanctuary was doing all things right. Well worth a visit.


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