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Owabi Wildlife Sanctuary (Click to plot point using Google Maps. 6°44' N, 1°41' W).
Owabi Wildlife Sanctuary

Owabi Sanctuary lies 16 km west of Kumasi and is one of Ghana’s smallest forest conservation areas.  The sanctuary encompasses approximately 7200 ha that surrounds Owabi Reservoir, of which approximately 1200 ha is forest.  The reserve was established initially to protect a major source of drinking water for Kumasi, a city of more than one million people.  Responsibility for protection of the reserve was turned over to the Department of Game and Wildlife in the early 1960’s when the lands were designated a Wildlife Sanctuary.  Despite its status as a wildlife refuge, poaching is not uncommon.  There are well-worn footpaths throughout and ample evidence of human encroachment from the outer boundaries of the reserve.  Although the forest is far from pristine, large sections remain mostly intact.



















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