National parks of Ghana

National parks in Ghana

Nature is important to Ghana and a conservation program strives to protect this heritage, to enable us enjoy it with our visitors and to pass it on to future generations. Ghana has a rich natural treasure made up of 16 National Parks, Resource Reserves and Wildlife Sanctuaries, which are open throughout the year. From the savannah of the coastal plains, the dense tropical forest and the grassland of the north to the life giving water bodies, which criss-cross the country, distinct wildlife abound. In the various reserves accommodation can be found.

National parks in Ghana

National Parks & Resource Reserves

Mole National Park
4,840 km square undulating terrain with steep scarps. Pristine Guinea savanna vegetation with gallery forests along the rivers and streams. Over 90 mammal species including elephants, buffalo, roan, kob, hartebeest, 4 primate species and over 300 bird species. More

See also in Wikipedia Mole National Park

Mole National Park is Ghana’s largest wildlife refuge.[1] The park is located in northwest Ghana on grassland savanna and riparian ecosystems at an elevation of 150 m, with sharp escarpment forming the southern boundary of the park. The park’s entrance is reached through the nearby city of Larabanga.[1] The Lovi and Mole Rivers are ephemeral rivers flowing through the park, leaving behind only drinking holes during the long dry season.[2] This area of Ghana receives over 1000 mm per year of rainfall. A long-term study has been done on Mole National Park to understand the impact of human hunters on the animals in the preserve

The park is home to over 93 mammal species, and the large mammals of the park include an elephant population, hippos, buffalo, and warthogs.[10][11] The park is considered a primary African preserve for antelope species including kob, Defassa waterbuck, roan, hartebeest, oribi, the bushbuck, and two duikers, the red duiker and yellow-backed Duiker. Olive baboons, black-and-white colobus monkeys, the green vervet, and patas monkeys are the known species of monkeys resident in the park. Of the 33 known species of reptiles slender-snouted and dwarf crocodile are found in the park. Sightings of hyenas, lions and leopards are unusual, but these carnivores were once more common in the park.[11][3] Among the 344 listed bird species are the martial eagle, the white-headed and palm-nut vultures, saddle-billed storks, herons, egrets, the Abyssinian roller, the violet turaco, various shrikes and the red-throated bee-eater.

Mole National Park, like other Ghanaian game preserves, is poorly funded for prevention of poaching. Poachers tend to live within 50 km of the boundaries of the park.[3] This distance of 50 km is the reported greatest distance hunters were willing to travel with poached game. The remnant human population of the park was removed in 1961, leaving all game hunters outside of the reserve, meaning that mammal populations on the edges of the park are impacted more by hunting than interior populations

Kakum National Park & Assin Attandanso Resource Reserve
Kakum and the Assin Attandanso reserves constitute a twin National Park and Resource Reserve. It covers an area of about 350 km2 of the moist evergreen forest zone. The emergent trees are exceptionally high with some reaching 65 meters. The reserve has a varied 40 wildlife species of larger mammals, 200 bird species and over 400 species of butterflies.Walking trials, viewing platforms and a visitor center have been established. . More

Digya National Park
3,478 km2 of undulating terrain with sandstone inselbergs situated on the western shores of the Volta Lake. Guinea savanna woodland predominates with gallery forest along the major lines. Six primate species including black and white colobus, elephants and a variety of antelopes,manatee and clawless otters. More

Bui National Park
1,821km² and is bisected by the Black Volta .Typical woodland savanna zone. It has spectacular gallery forests along rivers course sand noted for its resident Hippo population in the Black Volta. Primates,antelopes and birds present. More

Bia National Park & Resource reserve / biosphere reserve
The Bia National Park and Bia Resource Reserve constitute a twin conservation area covering a total area of 305.62km² in the transitional zone between moist-evergreen and moist semi-deciduous forest types. It is the only the Biosphere Reserve in GhanaSixty-two mammal species including 10 primates including the Black and White Colobus, chimpanzees,forest elephant and the bongo.Over 160 of bird species. More

Nini Suhien National Park & Ankasa Resource Reserve
Located in the wet evergreen forest area of the Western Region of Ghana. 300 plant species per hectare. 43 mammal species including the bongo, forest elephant, 10 primate species.Rich bird fauna. More

Kyabobo National Park
359.8 km² , found in the Dry semi-deciduous forest zone and has both forest and savanna species of plants and animals. More

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