In 2011, Rudolph and Lisa Antoune (the owners of the Libassa Ecolodge) wanted to start a sanctuary for wild animals, after seeing many of them being sold on the streets or being kept as pets. The Libassa Wildlife Sanctuary is the first and only wildlife rescue center for different species of wildlife in Liberia and officially opened on May 6th 2017. It is an officially registered NGO and is a partnership between the Libassa Ecolodge, the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) and the Tikki Hywood Foundation (Zimbabwe) with the following missions:
· Provide care and give support to confiscated wild animals kept as pets or destined to bushmeat;
· Release confiscated wild animals back into the wild whenever possible;
· Provide lifelong care for the animals that cannot be released;
· Protect sea turtles nesting grounds, guide the hatchlings back to the Atlantic Ocean;
· Encourage volunteer participation in nature work (protection, caretaking, release, etc…);
· Raise awareness on illegal trafficking of wildlife in Liberia;
· Educate people on Liberia’s wildlife.
So far, more than 265 animals have entered the sanctuary and 123 have been released back into the wild! Find out more about the work we do and how you can help!
Wild animals are being poached, sold or kept as a pet on a massive scale here in Liberia. But a new law was passed in 2016 to protect Liberia's wildlife. The animals that are being confiscated by authorities are brought to the sanctuary where they are given a second chance! Learn more about the work that we do by clicking the button below.
Taking care of animals is very expensive. A lot of animals means buying a lot of food, not to mention the medical care they need or the enclosures they require. Virtually adopting an animal will help us make ends meet, and allow you to be part of wildlife conservation in Liberia!
What is a pangolin? Not many people know what a pangolin is, but they should!
Pangolins are heavily poached in Africa and Asia for their meat and scales, making them the most trafficked mammal in the world! Find out more about these shy and unique creatures and the efforts Libassa Wildlife Sanctuary puts in to help save them from extinction.
Do you have any questions? Want to learn more? Check out our FAQs. If this didn't answer your question, please feel free to contact us and we will get back to you as soon as we can!
Never a dull moment at the sanctuary! Follow the ups and downs in the daily life of a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center by clicking the button below!
We can always use help and there are many ways to do so: whether it's through volunteering, donating or items we could use. Click the link on top of the page to see how you can help out!
Sign up to receive sanctuary updates!
We love to share our passion for wildlife with you, so feel free to visit during normal visiting hours. There is a $US5 entrance fee per person. It's free for children younger than 10 years old.
You can always contact us when you see an animal that needs our help.
In case you would like to come and visit, tours are at 11AM, 2PM and 5PM.
See you soon!