Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary

by Kojo Pocu

The Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary is located in the Nkoranza North district of the Bono region, in the twin towns of Boabeng and Fiema. The sanctuary, which was established in the early 1970s and has a total land area of around 4.5 km2, is home to over 650 monkeys of various types. Even though the sanctuary is listed as being in the town of Boabeng-Fiema, it is actually a few meters outside of the town, on the outskirts of the two twin settlements.

Residents of the neighborhood assume full responsibility for the monkeys’ well-being and give them with food such as bananas and other edible fruits on a daily basis. Apart from monkeys, the Boabeng-Fiema monkey sanctuary is known for its diverse tree species, deer, reptiles, and birds.

While the sanctuary is home to a variety of monkey species, the Mona and Pied Colombus monkeys dominate the forest, accounting for more than 80% of the total monkey population.

The community’s practice of prohibiting humans from hunting or killing monkeys has helped the monkeys survive for decades, making the community the safest location for them to live because their survival is assured by the group’s norms.


When a monkey dies, whether by accident or natural causes, the top priest of the community gives it a particular burial because the locals think monkeys are sacred animals in which sympathetic spirits reside.

The refuge also provides a guesthouse for visitors who plan to stay more than a day and require a place to sleep. Tour Guides are also on hand at the sanctuary, ready to lead visiting tourists on a tour of one of Ghana’s most well-known and sophisticated eco-tourism attractions.

Where is the Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary located?

The sanctuary is located about 230 kilometers Northeast of the capital Accra and 43 kilometers south of Hohoe in the Volta region of Ghana. And in the Bono East Region of Ghana Nkoranza North District.

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