On 6th May 2017 Saturday, Liberia’s Governance Commission Chairman officially launched first wildlife sanctuary. The facility intended to preserve the region’s wildlife species locally eaten as bush meat, located at LibassaEcolodge. While achieving the launch, Dr. Sawyer praised the Management of Libassa Ecolodge for such an outstanding idea to protect wildlife. He challenged Liberian Government especially those in the Extractive industry to think differently. Dr. Sawyer said,” There is no need to strangulate the private sector only because one does not want it to grow. The partnership between government, civil society, NGOs and the private sector should always win, win and win. I would like to take this time to congratulate FDA for building from strength to strength”.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Antoune described Sanctuary as a realization of their dream. According to them, the dream started eight years back when LibassaEcolodge was under the structure and it was their love of nature that pushed them in this adventure. The LibassaEcolodge Wildlife Sanctuary is the first of its kind in Liberia. It is a partnership between LibassaEcolodge, Forestry Development Authority and Society for the Conservation of Nature of Liberia. The Sanctuary will deliver care and give support to confiscated wild animals, encourage volunteer participation in nature work, train students and communities on wildlife protection and introduce behavioral study among others.