Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary

The Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary is a traditional sacred grove conservation established in 1993 as a community-based ecotourism project under the supervision of a Peace Corps Volunteer. Tafi Atome is the home of Mona and Patas monkeys.

The sanctuary is situated in Ghana’s Volta region, about 230 kilometers northeast of Accra and 43 kilometers south of Hohoe.

The monkeys, which can be found in the tropical forest near the small village of Tafi-Atome, have been revered for the past 200 years because it was thought that they were messengers from the gods. The village started making more extensive efforts to safeguard its forest and monkey population in 1996. They also started giving visitors tours.

A group of villagers, government agencies, and non-profit organizations joined forces to create the sanctuary. These initiatives have increased the population of monkeys and preserved the forest’s diverse bird and butterfly species.

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Sophia Celestina Apenkro

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