Mole National Park is Ghana’s largest wildlife refuge. The park is located in the Northern region of Ghana on savannah and riparian ecosystems. A recent survey estimates that the elephant population was about 436 cohabiting with 1,392 buffalos. There were about 126 warthogs, 253 water bucks, 337 kobs (small, stocky African antelopes), 82 bush bucks and 2,813 hartebeests (large African antelopes).
SFC empowers communities in the CREMA (Community Resource Management Area) with organic shea nut collection and shea butter processing. This enables communities to generate income by supporting projects to create shea butter processing centers and warehouses for shea nut collection. By SFC creating these opportunities in these remote areas, communities living around Mole won’t feel the need to poach wildlife in the park or cut down vegetation to sell for firewood. For each bag of shea nuts purchased a fee is paid by SFC to the CREMA conservation fund.