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A forest full of gems - Atewa

A Rocha Ghana is one of the organisations fighting to protect Atewa Forest from bauxite mining. (Read more about it in AKADi issue 4).

The organisation shared some stunning images of the flora and fauna in the forest.

Take a look at the images and tell us if you agree.


The Bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus)are forest-edge antelopes that live in various habitats, including rainforests, montane forests, forest-savanna mosaics, and bush savannas. They are a commonly hunted for bushmeat, in all the habitats they are found.

Bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus)
Bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus) © Rapid Assessment Programm

Do you like spiders? The Atewa dinospider (Ricinoides atewa) also known as the Atewa ricinuleid, are unique to the forest. They are also a member of a very old group of arachnids (spiders), found only in central and northern South America and West Africa. This species is the largest in the world at 10mm.

Atewa dinospider (Ricinoides atewa)
The Atewa Hooded Spider (Ricinoides atewa) © P.Naskrecki


The Rhinoceros Viper or Horned Viper (Bitis nasicornis) © Piotr Naskrecki


West African killfish (Epiplatys chaperi) has great potential for aquarium trade.

West African killfish (Epiplatys chaperi) © Piotr Naskrecki
West African killfish (Epiplatys chaperi) © Piotr Naskrecki

Find out more about A Rocha Ghana.

And if you would like to support the charity, here are three ways.

1. Send a letter to the President of Ghana - find out how to do so here.

2. A Rocha Ghana is petitioning the President of Ghana to turn Atewa into a national park. You can sign the petition here.

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