As part of the Guinean Forest of West Africa, the Cape Three Points Reserve is one of the naturally welcoming forests we have had the privilege of entering under the primate conservation project being undertaken by the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources Management of the Presbyterian University College, Ghana (PUCG) funded by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) through Birdlife International. It is a magnificent Forest Reserve with lots of prospects but with what we saw, it is under serious threat.
Activities predominantly farming and illegal logging has divided the forest into two segments. The implication is horrific from our standpoint. Why do we say so? Animals and unfortunately primates of which we are now studying in this region are affected hugely. Monkeys as we all know them are lovers of trees and as part of their nature jump from one tree to another. This division has halted the free movement of these animals in the forest.
Mating, bonding and free movement within the forest by these species are impeached because of the anthropogenic activities mentioned earlier. Farmlands especially maize farms divide the forest and as a result the monkeys also find a funny way of defending their territory by plugging the corn from its stand for food. In an interaction with Mr. Kwakye a community member, he indicated that ‘’unlucky primates when plugging the corn are sometimes trapped or gunned down by angry farmers for destroying their crops.’’
Habitat loss then comes in and the animals as clever as they are feel unwanted and therefore find their way out of the Reserve. This explains their current decline in numbers. BUT I ASK HOW LONG IS THAT GOING TO CONTINUE? The wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission as a matter of urgency must step up their conservation and protection efforts. Though the PUCG-Endangered Primate Conservation project forest guards within these areas will be trained and educated on conservation strategies. However in the end it is up to the Commission to equip their staff for them to carry out the mandate given them.
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Source :Communications -Primate Conservation Project.