Ghana August 2013

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African Bush Elephant Loxodonta africana

I’ve recently returned from a two week jaunt around Ghana in West Africa. There were many cultural highlights such as Bolgatanga – Lobi Villages and the distinctive local architecture and painted houses in the Wa region, Kumasi -with the vibrant colours of the largest market in West Africa and Gold Coast Castles -the impressive 18th Century castle of Elmina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We did manage to pack in lots of wildlife viewing as well visiting the lush rainforest and canopy walkway of Kakum N.P. an exciting foot safari in Mole N.P. to view Elephants, Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary and the sacred Crocodile ponds at Paga.

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Warthog Phacochoerus africanus

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Olive Baboon Papio anubis

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Campbell’s Mona Monkey Cercopithecus campbelli

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Nile Crocodile Crocodylus niloticus

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‘Grasscutter’ the favourite Ghanaian Bushmeat – Greater Cane Rat Thryonomys swinderianus

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Butterfly – White-barred Acraea Acraea encedon

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Dragonfly -Violet Dropwing male Trithemis annulata

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Dragonfly – Black Percher female Diplacodes lefebvrii

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Dragonfly – St. Lucia Widow male Palpopleura lucia

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Dragonfly – Portia Widow female Palpopleura portia

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Dragonfly – Northern Banded Groundling male Brachythemis impartita

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Red-headed Rock Agama Male Agama agama 

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Five-lined Mabuya a.k.a. Rainbow Skink Trachylepis quinquetaeniata

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Ghana Red Banded Millipede Pelmatojulus excisus

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Fish caught from Lake Bosumtwi including the endemic Cichlid Hemichromis frempongi and the near-endemic cichlid Tilapia busumana

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Dead Hermit Crab

A wide photographic selection of birds, marine life, insects, mammals, orchids & wildflowers, fungi, tribal people, travel, ethnography, fossils, rocks & minerals etc. is available on my Alamy webpage

If you are interested in the wildlife of the North-west of England and would like to join the  walks and coach trips run by the Merseyside Naturalists’ Association, see the main MNA website for details of our programme and how to join us.

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