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All you need to know about BOABENG-FIEMA MONKEY SANCTUARY

Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary is Ghana’s most famous example of traditional African conservation. It is unique. It is the only place where two different species of monkeys, regarded as sacred live together within the same habitat in peace and in harmony with human beings.

The sanctuary is nestled between the two villages of Boabeng and Fiema, in the Nkoranza North district of the Brong-Ahafo Region of Ghana, and home to over 200 Geoffrey’s Pied Columbus and 500 Campbell’s Mona Monkeys.

For more than 150 years the people of Boabeng and Fiema have considered the monkeys sacred. The traditional beliefs in both communities prohibit physical harm to the monkeys. Additionally, the 2 communities came together in 1975 to pass a local modern law prohibiting harm to the monkeys.

With the aid of a tour guide, one can amble through trails in the lush forest watching for monkeys on the ground and in the canopy of the trees above. Aside the monkeys are a variety of butterflies, birds, and over 90 identified species of trees.

In the villages, it’s commonplace to see monkeys interacting with the people. Common scenes include monkeys on the ground, on rooftops, jumping from house to house, and in the courtyards of homes.

Source: Destination Ghana

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