Mole Reserve Under Threat

Ghana’s biggest and one of the most visited tourist destinations, the Mole National Park in the Northern Region is under threat. Poachers incessantly kill the animals in the park for economic gains. Although several arrests had been made, this has not deterred others from preying on the animals. Also, the roads within the park are in such a deplorable state that visitors are unable to tour the entire park at any given time. Mr. Umer Farouk, the manager of the park said this when The Spectator visited the park last week. He appealed for government support to help improve facilities at the park and maintain its accolade, as the best managed park in West Africa. The park receives about 5,000 visitors and accrues GH˘200,000 revenue annually. It covers an estimated 4,577 square kilometers and is home to several species of animals and birds which visitors and guest can see, from a slope at the motel. It is no wonder that this Ghana National Park rates as the most popular game park. According to Mr Farouk, over 90 species of animals are in the park. They include elephants, baboons warthogs, kobs, buffalos, leopards, lions, hyenas, hippopotamus and antelopes. Over-nine species of amphibians, 33 species of reptiles and over 300 species of birds among them, the globally threatened fox kestrel, Senegal parrot, violet plantain-eater, yellow-bill shrike and so on are also there. He said the Reserve had plans for the creation of other reception points for visitors from other parts of the country to use for their comfort than coming all the way to the place. Mr Farouk said bad road network makes it difficult for tourist to explore the entire park to view all it had. He urged the public to visit tourist sites and other parks in order to acquaint themselves with the country’s natural heritage. The prescribed means by which the wildlife could be viewed is by SAFARI during which the driver goes slow for the visitors to admire whilst listening to the scintillating sound of the birds. The early hours of the day and sunset are the best moments to enjoy nature in the park, when the elephants and other animals come out to feed and drink water. The trees at the park are also a delight at both sunrise and sunset when they cast their long shadows along the dams in the park. The funniest moments are when the baboons try to mingle with visitors especially the ladies ‘remarked one guide.’