Ankasa Conservation Area

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Ankasa Conservation Area
Map showing the location of Ankasa Conservation Area
Map showing the location of Ankasa Conservation Area
LocationGhana
Nearest cityAxim
Coordinates5°17′00″N 2°39′00″W / 5.283333°N 2.65°W / 5.283333; -2.65Coordinates: 5°17′00″N 2°39′00″W / 5.283333°N 2.65°W / 5.283333; -2.65
Area50,000 ha (190 sq mi)
Aerial view of the Ankasa Forest

The Ankasa Conversation Area (French: Zone de conservation d'Ankasa) is an area in southwestern Ghana, in Ghana's Western Region, about 365 kilometers west of Accra near the border with Côte d'Ivoire[1]. It incorporates the Nini Suhien National Park[2] in the North, and the Ankasa Forest Reserve in the South.[3]

The park is approximately 500 square kilometers, and consists largely of tropical evergreen rainforest[4]. The Ankasa Conservation Area is the only wildlife protected area in Ghana that is located in the wet evergreen tropical high rainforest belt.[5] The Ankasa, Nini, and Suhien Rivers all pass through the park, and are known for their rapids and waterfalls. The forest has the most biological diversity of any in Ghana, with over 800 vascular plant species, 639 butterfly species, and more than 190 bird species.[5][6] Animal life includes the elephant, bongo, leopard, chimpanzee[7], Diana monkey[8], and other primates. Apart from the forest reserve which was selectively logged until 1976, the rest of the protected area is almost intact.[5]

The park includes basic camping facilities with shelters, toilets, and running water along with many facilities for sitting down and having a chat.

Ankasa Forest

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  1. ^ "Ivory Coast", Wikipedia, 2019-05-21, retrieved 2019-05-25
  2. ^ "Nini Suhien National Park and Ankasa Resources Reserve, Ghana". www.fcghana.org. Retrieved 2019-05-25.
  3. ^ "Ghana Wildlife Society:ANKASA NATIONAL PARK (Accessed June 2014)". Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2014-06-25.
  4. ^ "Rainforests". Mongabay.com. Retrieved 2019-05-25.
  5. ^ a b c Tilahun, Mesfin; Damnyag, Lawrence; Anglaaere, Luke C.N. (2016). "The Ankasa Forest Conservation Area of Ghana: Ecosystem service values and on-site REDD + opportunity cost". Forest Policy and Economics. 73: 168–176. doi:10.1016/j.forpol.2016.08.011.
  6. ^ Hall, J. B.; Swaine, M. D. (1976). "Classification and Ecology of Closed-Canopy Forest in Ghana". Journal of Ecology. 64 (3): 913–951. doi:10.2307/2258816. JSTOR 2258816.
  7. ^ "Chimpanzee | National Geographic". Animals. 2011-05-10. Retrieved 2019-05-25.
  8. ^ "The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 2019-05-25.