Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary
Trip Start Jun 21, 2012
17Trip End Jul 21, 2012
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All of a sudden the monkey king appeared walkin’ on the ground toward us from the tree. I was in awe and starin’ at it . He wuz so big and I admitted I wuz a lil’ afraid ‘cos I heard stories how strong the monkeys are, especially they can tear ya with their powerful teeth. Be cool & stay calm, Mary. The CCS workers handed us a banana & reminded us to hold it. In no time the monkey jumped on my arm & tried to grab my banana. The other one jumped on my shoulder, just to perch on it. They didn’t weigh me down and I took the moment lookin’ at ‘em. Disbelief! So groomed, shiny, & beautiful creatures. I giggled at the monkey when it dug the banana downward to my hand but when it kept eatin’ all the banana down until it reached to my hand, I had to let it go. Wuz afraid it’d bite my hand by accident. My interpreter helped takin’ some pictures of us. The monkey mother jumped on me w/ her baby clingin’ on her body. Soooo cute! I briefly touched the monkey’s hair on its back to feel what it’s alike. It’s smooth like silk. It didn’t seem to mind thinkin’ I wuz lookin’ for bugs, eh
There were different sizes of the monkeys. They have brown fur with a white front. Its tail and legs are black and the face is blue-grey with a dark stripe across the face. Their eyes were big & reddish orange. The sanctuary has different places for ‘em to climb onto such as high bars, ropes, and poles. It also has a small buildin’ where the monkeys stay for birth and when they’re injured. After feedin’ ‘em w/ the bananas, they’re gone back to the trees. They jumped from the tree to the next. Some of ‘em played & wrestled, just like children. Some were lookin’ for fleas (or bugs) in others’ hair. They hardly stayed still when I tried to take good photos of ‘em. Many photos were no good, but I got some good. The sanctuary worker said there’s a river nearby where they go for a drink. The rainin’ season is June-July and when it’s dry, the sanctuary provides bowls of water.
We strolled through the jungle on a path. I tried to look up in the trees for the monkeys but they all disappeared, not one sight of their movement. We stopped by a Kapok tree for a group snapshot before returnin’ to our home-based.
It wuz a close encounter and one of best adventures I’ve ever had. At least I finally saw an exotic animal other than chickens, roosters, lambs, goats, and sheep in Ghana!