Wildlife of Ghana
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According to a new forestry sciences study, overfishing and fish stock reductions in the African Atlantic are having environmental consequences also onshore. Declining fish stocks were fuelling the multibillion-dollar bushmeat trade in West Africa, which again led to declines in wildlife, data collected in Ghana had shown. The European Union’s (EU) fishing fleet is blamed for the decline in wildlife in West Africa by a group of international researchers, the Canadian University of British Columbia recently announced. “It is a trend that is threatening the survival of dozens of wildlife species, and EU fishing agreements with African nations may be part of the problem,” the scientists said.
Using 30 years worth of census data collected monthly by rangers in six nature reserves in Ghana, the researchers have found a direct link between fish supply and the demand for bushmeat in Ghanaian villages. Bushmeat is any wild species taken from public land and sold for consumption.
More than half of Ghana’s 20 million people reside within 100 kilometres of the coast, where fish are the primary source of dietary protein and income.
Looking at data for the years 1970 to 1998, researchers found that in 14 local food markets, when fish supply was limited or its price increased, residents substituted bushmeat as an alternate source of affordable protein and the number of bushmeat hunters observed by rangers in parks increased.
Overall, the wildlife harvest had contributed to a 76 percent decline in the biomass of 41 species of mammals in parks since 1970. The bushmeat trade in Ghana is estimated conservatively at 400,000 tons per year. Species affected include several species of antelope, carnivores and small primates
When one hears the word ‘safari’ we get excited. We imagine close encounters with dangerous animals, lush tropical plants, and safari hats.
Well — one out of three ain’t bad. A group of friends and I boarded the morning bus to Mole. It was full so we were crammed into the aisle. I was sandwiched between two men and had a baby at my back. The hours passed quickly and by 9:00 am we arrived at Mole National Park.
Time at Mole is spent watching animals at the watering hole and watching people at the watering hole. We took a morning walk with one of the Park Rangers and saw some of the animals native to the Savannah region. We saw warthogs, monkeys, baboons, elephants and antelope. I’m told there are also lions there -but they are hard to see.
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