MONKEY PARK RESTORATION

Dated September 14th, 2018 | Poverty ReductionSustainable Development Goals | Bakoteh

MONKEY PARK RESTORATION


The Bijilo Forest Park & Nature Trail (Monkey Park) was established in 1951. The species rich, fenced woodland was gazetted in 1952 and covers an area of 51.3 hectares (126 acres / about half a square km), and is on the Atlantic Ocean beach at the southern end of the Senegambia area of Kololi. It has a total length of 1,500 meters parallel to the coast and width of 350 meters, and the soils are deep and well drained. The protected nature reserve is comprised primarily of a closed canopy forest with a significant number of rhun palms, and with a relatively thin strip of herbaceous dune vegetation. 

Between 1951 to 1956 the only land management activity implemented was the clearing of fire lines along the boundaries on both sides of the fence. In 1977 the park was re-surveyed by the Department of Forestry and again in 1982, this was followed by an inventory of the park. A nature trail was created by the Gambian-German Forestry Project in 1991, when the area was made open to the public, and now receives about 23,000 visitors a year.

The Park is also serving an academic purpose for students studying behavioral ecology many zoologist and professors have conducted research in the Bijilo ecotourism park.