Shai Hills Resource Reserve

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Shai Hills Resource Reserve
IUCN category VI (protected area with sustainable use of natural resources)
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Location in Ghana
Location Doryumu, Greater Accra Region, Ghana
Nearest city Accra [1]
Coordinates 5°54′34″N0°03′55″E / 5.909409°N 0.065348°E / 5.909409; 0.065348 Coordinates: 5°54′34″N0°03′55″E / 5.909409°N 0.065348°E / 5.909409; 0.065348
Area51 km2 (5,100 ha; 20 sq mi)
Established1962 [2]
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Shai Hills
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Zebra at the Shai Hills Reserve

Shai Hills Resource Reserve is a resource reserve located in Doryumu in the Shai Osudoku District all in the Greater Accra Region. It was established in 1962 with area of 47 square kilometres (4,700 ha; 18 sq mi) which was later extended to 51 square kilometres (5,100 ha; 20 sq mi) in 1973. [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]

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History

The area was declared Forest Reserve in 1962 with total area of 47 square kilometres (4,700 ha; 18 sq mi) which was later expanded to 51 square kilometres (5,100 ha; 20 sq mi) in 1973 till present. It was made a Game Production Reserve in 1971. [2] The protected area was home to the Shai people before they were ejected by the British in 1892, remains of Shai peoples works can still be found at the reserve. [1]

Recreation

The Reserve has been a host to recreational activities such as Picnics, and in 2017 hosted the National Biking & Abseil Festival. [7] [8]

Location

Shai Hills Resource Reserve is located along the TemaAkosombo road. It is about 57 kilometres (35 mi) from Accra, the capital city of Ghana making it the closest wildlife reserve to Accra. [1]

Threats

The reserve is bedeviled with a lot of threats such as danger from speeding vehicles because some of the baboons find their way to the highway. The reserve is also situated close to a stone quarry and this also affects the day-to-day activities of the park. [9]

Touring

The Shai Hills Resource Reserve is covered with grassland and low dry forest vegetation. There are nearly 400 plant species spread on the 5 separate hills at the Shai Hills Resource Reserve. There are nearly dozens of primary animal species including antelopes, bats, birds (such as violet Turaco, Paradise Flycatcher, Green Turaco Red-billed Hornbill, Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird, and Red-necked Buzzard), baboons, cats, duiker, guinea fowls, kobs, green monkeys, monitor lizards, African python, royal python, and zebras. [10]

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Visits

Visitors can visit the attractive region of hilly rocks and grassy plains reserve all year round. Touring the reserve during the early rainy season (May through July) could be difficult because of the rough road condition. Popular activities include game viewing, bird watching, nature walking, and rock climbing. [13] [14]

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