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March 13, 2021 70 min
My guest this week is an old friend from college. Aram was that kid that everyone wanted to hang out with because of his loyalty, his kindness and his constant good humor. That’s not to say though that he didn’t get into his share of trouble, which also seemed to be quite constant! Somehow, we completely disconnected after college but I always wondered what he was up to and how his life progressed. Thankfully, with the help of social media I connected with him again sometime last year and was in awe when I noticed that he was involved with a chimpanzee sanctuary in Sierra Leone, Africa. At first, I found it funny and just couldn’t understand how he could have ended up there. But as I read more on the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary, its creation, its mission and its crucial contribution, I was completely intrigued! On this episode Aram shares his journey on discovering his calling and we have, quite possibly, one of the most interesting conversations about how the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary has not only saved a species, but in doing so, is completely transforming Sierra Leone into a leader in ecotourism, social development, environmental education and, more importantly, wildlife conservation. I hope you enjoy this conversation!
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