Growing fruit crops so wildlife have the nutrients they need to thrive and expand their populations
As part of our efforts to revitalize, strenthen, and expand existing animal sanctuaries, we will grow fruit crops for the purpose of feeding animals living in sanctuaries in Ghana, starting with the cultivation of banana trees for the mona monkeys (Cercopithecus mona mona) living in the Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary, a community-run sanctuary consisting of a 28-hectare grove of semi-deciduous forest.
Monkey populations such as the mora monkey are threatened in Ghana due to destruction of habitats and hunting. Monkeys are often targeted by hunters who seek to use their meat for food or to sell. In 1993, the land around the village of Tafi Atome was set aside as a sanctuary for the Mona monkey population that lived in the forest that are seen as sacred.
While the monkeys are revered by locals, they lack sufficient food to remain healthy due to financial constraints of the sanctuary and the community. By cultivating banana trees on our land as well as within the sanctuary, we will ensure that the mona monkeys have the nutrients they need to thrive and expand their population.
We aim to replicate our efforts in the Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary in other animal sanctuaries across Ghana. The trees we plant in these sanctuaries will have markers bearing our name so that visitors will be able to track which sanctuaries we are supporting.