Wildlife Survey, Capture and Translocation of Key Wildlife Species at Ajenjua Bepo Forest Reserve

Project Team:
Bright Obeng Kankam, Caleb Ofori Boateng, Victor Kwame Agyeman Funding Agency: Newmont Golden Ridge Ltd

Background
Mining operations destroy forest habitats and negatively impact on wildlife (WRM, 2004).   First survey before the forest was cleared: a total of 22 amphibians species, 9 reptiles species (7 snakes and 2 tortoises), 79 species of birds and 12 species of mammals were confirmed to be present.

The survey team captured and translocated more some wild animals, mainly reptiles and amphibians to nearby forest reserves and national parks (Kankam et al., 2012).  An additional wildlife survey aimed at identifying species not recorded by previous efforts was recommended.

Goal
To mitigate the effect of NGRL mining operations on wildlife (especially, critical animal species) within the NGRL proposed mine site at ABFR during the forest clearance phase

Objectives

  1. Document additional/new fauna species (if they are present) in the proposed NGRL mining area during the forest clearance phase.
  2. Confirm the presence of (critically) endangered wildlife species in the area.
  3. Capture and translocate wildlife species (especially, key wildlife species) during the forest clearance phase to release sites.

Who We Are

Forestry Research Institute of Ghana is one of the 13 institutes of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). It is located at Fumesua near Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. It started as a research unit within the Forestry Department in 1962. It was fully established as a research institute and named FOREST PRODUCTS RESEARCH INSTITUTE (FPRI) under the then Ghana Academy of Sciences in 1964 and in 1968 placed under the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

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