Attractions in Ghana: Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary
Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary is located in the twin town of Boabeng and Fiema in the Nkoranza North district of the Bono region.
The sanctuary was created in the early part of the 1970s and covers a total land area of about 4.5 km2, with about 650 monkeys of different species living in the forest. The sanctuary even though is mentioned as being in the town of Boabeng-Fiema, is actually a few metres away from the town, lying just at the outskirt of the two twin communities.
Inhabitants of the community take responsibility for the welfare of the monkeys wholeheartedly and regularly provide them with foods such as banana and other edible fruits. Aside monkeys, Boabeng-Fiema monkey sanctuary is also quite famous for its variety of tree species, Deer, reptiles and birds.
While the sanctuary boasts of several species of monkeys, the most dominant species in the forest are the Mona and Pied Colombus monkeys, accounting for more than eighty percent of the monkey population.
The tradition of the community which prevents human from hunting or killing the monkeys has helped preserved the monkeys for decades, making the community the most safest place of abode for the monkeys as their survival is guaranteed through the community’s customs.
When a monkey dies either through accident or a natural cause, it is given a special burial by the chief priest of the town as the people believe the monkeys are sacred animals in whom friendly spirits reside.
The sanctuary also has a guesthouse for tourists who intend to stay beyond a day and would need a place to stay for the night. There are also Tour Guides at the sanctuary who are always ready and on standby to take visiting tourists on a tour of one of Ghana’s most famous and modern eco-tourism destinations.