February 20, 2018
Once again I took wayyy to many picture this weekend so I am going to divide this post up into two different parts just like my post last week. I was going to just overwhelm y’all with a ton of monkey pics today however, I am going to try to do my best to post every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and if I did all the monkey’s today, you wouldn’t have anything to read Thursday!
back to business
The country of Ghana is divided up into 10 different regions! You can usually always find me in Greater Accra however this past weekend, we headed East to the Volta Region. We left early Friday morning for a five hour bus ride to our hotel and then to the Tafi-Atome Monkey Sanctuary! This is a protected area and home to the Mona monkey. They are so cute and playful and very welcoming – that might also just be because we feed them bananas (?). Anyways, once we got there, we had a little information session about the sanctuary, what they do, where donations go and all of that good stuff.
After getting to see these little personalities come to life, we headed into the “forest”. It was slightly pointless because there were no monkeys in where we were but we got to see this really cool tree and I am pretty sure that was the only reason for the walk. I’m not complaining though because after 5 hours on a bus, a short walk out of the way isn’t a problem. Also I walk like 4-6 miles a day so what’s a few extra steps?
This cool thing happening is natural selection at it’s finest. On the inside is a palm tree but the outside is a parasite feeding off the palm. You see, the parasite tree does not have deep enough roots to sustain life so it must feed off the host tree to continue life. Like all parasites, this outer shell will continue to grow around and use the palm’s resources until it suffocates the palm and kills it. The parasite can’t live without the palm though so just like our guide said: “until death do them apart”.
Befriending these monkeys is a lot harder than you would think. They just want the banana but don’t want to jump on your arm and I was not playing that game. If you heard me talking to them, you might have thought I was talking to kids I babysit…they listened just about as well as 2 year olds (they don’t).
LOOK AT THAT LITTLE BABY OH MY GOODNESS MY HEART EXPLODED
But of course the monkey’s LOVED Amanda… it’s fine, I’m fine
There are goats everywhere here! If you know me and know how excited I get to see puppies, I now get that excited for little lambs and the occasional baby goat.
This is the face you make after 20 minutes of constant monkey rejection. I realized I do just was well with monkey’s that I do with guys… or so I thought. They say “good things come to those who wait” so I guess you’ll have to wait until Part 2 to see if my wait and rejection was worth it (hint: I left with a new mona friend).
**I feel like all of these posts from my temporary life here are super choppy so I am going to do my best to tell the stories better but it is so hard when you do so much in so little time and want to do multiple posts over all of your activities. **