PROTECTing Ghana's biodiversity for over a decade
Herp Conservation - Ghana started in 2006 as a small amphibian interest group led by Caleb Ofori Boateng at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). The organization was registered as a nonprofit NGO in 2011. Headquartered in Kumasi, Ghana, Herp - Ghana spearheads the conservation of reptiles in West Africa through partnerships with institutions in other countries, including FEE in Liberia.
Herp Conservation - Ghana is a registered Ghanaian Non-Governmental Organization that promotes the conservation of reptiles and amphibians. Our mission is to conduct research, create awareness, build capacity, and contribute expertise to the conservation of amphibians and other wildlife in Ghana and across the globe.
Herp Conservation - Ghana envisions a society committed to the conservation of amphibians and reptiles through the sustainable management and preservation of the habitats on which these species depend. The organization adopts participatory, interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary approaches to understand and mitigate threats to species and their habitat.
Our five main strategic objectives are:
Improve knowledge on amphibians and reptiles in Ghana and across West Africa through cutting edge research
Facilitate policy interventions relevant for amphibian and reptile conservation in Ghana and across West Africa
Instigate the adoption of conservation sensitive behaviors through innovative awareness raising programs among key stakeholders
Enhance in-country and regional capacity in amphibian and reptile conservation in Ghana and across West Africa
Implement practical on-the-ground science-based conservation intervention beneficial to biodiversity conservation in West Africa
How We Do It!
The field team monitors wildlife through camera trapping efforts and herpetological surveys, which have led to new species discoveries and the rediscovery of populations that were once thought to be extinct.
Herp Conservation Ghana recently expanded Onepone Endangered Species Refuge to increase protection for highly threatened amphibians and other species that share the same habitat.
Education & Outreach
Herp Conservation Ghana regularly engages local communities in outreach efforts to convey the importance of biodiversity conservation and the sustainable management of natural resources.
The team helped install a well to provide local community members with access to clean water. This has improved livelihoods while also contributing to the conservation of species that inhabit local streams.