Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary

Visitors at the Monkey Sanctuary
By Franklin Appiah
Published on 24 May 2018, viewed 3634 times
Category: Places to see
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Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary

Located between Techiman and Kintampo, Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary is Ghana’s most renowned example of traditional African conservation.  Snuggled in between the two villages of Boabeng and Fiema, the people of Boabeng and Fiema for over 150 years have considered the monkeys found in both villages as sacred due to traditional beliefs both communities prohibit physical harm to the monkeys hence they live harmoniously with the indigenous to the extend the monkeys allows indigenous to pet them. 

Campbell's Mona Forest Monkeys

Two types of monkeys inhibit the Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary, the Campbell’s Mona Forest Monkeys brown in colour are over 700 in number and the sanctuary and are brown in colour whiles the Geoffrey’s Pied Columbus Monkey are black and white in colour and number close to 300, you can see both monkeys living harmoniously in this sanctuary and you can experience these sacred monkeys trying to steal food from local kitchens.

In the morning, visitors can experience hearing these monkeys calling out loudly to one another. Despite their sacred status in Boabeng and Fiema villages, these monkeys do not enjoy this status in many other places around the world and are currently listed as vulnerable internationally and likely to become an endangered species. Boabeng-Fiema monkey sanctuary is the only place in Africa where one can easily view and pet these Campbell’s Mona forest monkeys and Geoffrey’s Pied Columbus Monkey species in their numbers.

Monkey Sanctuary - Monkeys on a tree

At Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary visitors can walk through trails in the lush forest watching monkeys on the ground and in the canopy of the trees above. Visitors will experience variety of butterflies, birds, and over 90 species of trees. On a tour of these two villages visitors will see monkeys interacting with the visitors, sighting of monkeys on the ground, up roofs, jumping from house to house, and in the courtyards of homes. 

Always respect local people when exploring the villages.