The Australian High Commissioner to Ghana, Mr Gregory Andrews has visited the Mole National Park in the Savanna Region to witness some of the wonderful creatures in the park, including elephants and birds, as well as spending time helping the rangers.

Mr Andrews first posted about the journey on his twitter page on Friday October 9, 2020 to the National park, with the video of the vehicle he was travelling with. He wrote “Heading into Ghana’s world-famous Mole National Park. I can’t wait to see some elephants and spend time helping the rangers. I will also do some bird watching too. There are over 300 birds to find here”.

Then some hours later, he gave an update on his desire to see elephants in the Park, writing that “I’m feeling confident about finding an elephant @MolePark because this morning when I woke up, I almost stepped in this giant poo right outside my cabin”. He attached the picture of the poo to his tweet.

Indeed, his followers were at this time becoming anxious and clamoring for him to see the elephants which was his wish, with one follower replying to his tweet, saying “I wish you see one”.

Mr Andrews later tweeted expressing the hope of finding the elephants, even though he described the searching as a bit waylaid after getting bogged at the Mole Park. He was however happy to be in the company of one Abu, who he described as an expert ranger and was very proud Africa’s rangers.

He tweeted “We’ve been a bit waylaid after getting bogged @MolePark. But I know in my heart we will find the African elephants. After all, now that we on foot with an expert ranger Abu perhaps the elephants won’t see or hear us coming! Proud of Africa’s rangers for #SavingSpecies”. His tweet was attached with the picture of the ranger holding his rifle standing near a 4x4 safari vehicle.

Then, the good news followed. Mr Andrews tweeted, saying mission accomplished and elephants found at the Park. Accompanying his tweet was a 12 second recording of a giant two African elephants. This is what he tweeted “Mission accomplished! Elephants found @MolePark! Special thanks to Abu and Emanuel for helping me, Papa Law and Jennifer to find them. Actually, we’ve already seen eleven of these magnificent African creations”.

Mr Andrews later tweeted to show appreciation to the rangers whose work he described as dangerous. He tweeted “Retweet for Africa’s National Park rangers like those at @MolePark who are protecting leopards, aardvarks, elephants, porcupines and hundreds of other precious species. Rangers in Africa have dangerous jobs and I admire and respect them immensely for their work. #SavingSpecies”.

He ended his tweet about the trip to the National Park expressing his joy, with a promise to return. This is how he captured it on his twitter page, “Thank you @MolePark for my best three days in Ghana so far. I already have a major crush on you and will be back many times! Respect and kudos to the Park Rangers who are protecting Ghana’s most precious things, the African animals and plants that belong! #SavingSpecies”.

About the Mole National Park

Mole National Park (pronounced ‘Moh-lay’), the nature lover’s treasure trove, is located within the Savannaland.

As a Tourism Destination Area, Mole is Ghana’s first, largest and most prestigious protected area. The Park is managed mainly for its outstanding natural, physical, historical and cultural values. It covers an area of 4,577 km2 of fairly undisturbed Guinea savannah in the northern part of Ghana.

Mole is rich in biodiversity and home to some 742 vascular plant species, over 90 mammal species including 5 primate species, of which species of conservation and tourist interest include Elephant, Buffalo, Kob, Western Hartebeest, Roan Antelope, Defassa Waterbuck, Oribi, Bohor Reedbuck and Red-flanked Duiker. Rare and endangered species include the Yellow-backed Duiker, Black and White Colobus Monkey, Leopard and Lion. The Park is also home to 334 bird species, 33 reptiles, 9 amphibian species, and some 120 butterfly species.

The Park has the most viable elephant population in Ghana, and as such, is a hotspot for elephant conservation. It is also said that the Park has a unique breed of elephant, which are not hostile, not aggressive or insecure, compared to other elephant populations in the rest of Africa.

By Awudu Salami Sulemana Yoda