The Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary, Ghana

The Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary and Cultural Village is located in Ghana’s Volta Region, and it is here that residents and Mona Monkeys form an amazing friendship.

In 1993, the people living in Tafi Atome bravely decided to create the Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary in order to safeguard their curious, mischievous, and furry neighbors known as the Mona Monkeys. The sanctuary was established as a community-based ecotourism project with the assistance of a Peace Corps Volunteer. Since then, there has been a fair amount of coexistence between these two distinct primate lineages.

The sanctuary is surrounded by valleys, thick foliage, and a far-off view of Mount Gemi. Numerous bird species, butterfly species, and the Patas Monkey are among the numerous animals that calls it home.

Cercopithecus mona, scientifically known as mona monkeys, are amazing animals that may be found throughout Southwest Africa. They are found in the following nations: Kasai, Gambia, Kwango, Senegal, Cameroon, Ghana, Congo, Angola, and West Uganda.

To put it mildly, they are highly talkative and possess agile, acrobatic movements, which let them to engage in a great deal of enjoyable mischief. Leaping from branch to branch, they move across the treetops with elegance and poise, landing on all four limbs (my rusty joints cannot relate). Their alarm calls, which sound like sneezes, fill the air throughout the day. They are diurnal and mostly active in the early morning and late afternoon. Men identify themselves in the group and mark their area with distinctive boom and hack cries.

The Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary is more than just a sanctuary for endangered species. It’s a blueprint of the incredible benefits of conserving our wildlife. We are not alone on the planet, and need to maintain a balance in the ecosystem for us all to survive.

The sanctuary acts as an educational hub, providing invaluable knowledge about the significance of conservation and the delicate balance of ecosystems. “Save our planet” might sound like a broken record on the news, but it is far from it. The more people learn about the importance of protecting wildlife, the less endangered species we will have in the world.

In the sanctuary, tourists can feed the monkeys bananas, and if they are brave enough, they can get closer and take pictures with them. There are tour guides who will educate you about the place and offer valuable insights on primate conservation. There are also stores where you can buy traditionally designed kente stoles, beautifully carved artifacts, beaded necklaces, and t-shirts. You will leave the sanctuary blessed with an appreciation for wildlife conservation.