Status of the species
In Morocco and Algeria, Barbary macaque populations have drastically decreased in the past decades.
The main causes are:
• loss of habitat (excessive logging and overgrazing)
• illegal trade
The species has been classified as endangered since 2008.
Scientists estimate there are less than 8,000 individuals in the wild (down from 23,000 in 1978).
The Barbary macaque is the only african macaque
There are more than 20 different species of macaques all living in Asia except for the Barbary macaque who lives in Africa!
It’s crucial to protect the species and their natural habitat in North Africa.
CONSERVATION ACTIONS LED BY THE PARK
‘La Montagne des Singes’ is strongly committed to the conservation of this endangered species and contributes by:
• raising public awareness about protecting the species, by showing the Barbary macaque roaming freely in a setting similar to its natural habitat;
• sharing knowledge through information boards and particularly through the explanations given by our guides, who are experts on this species;
• providing scientific knowledge about the species through the behavioural studies conducted in its parks;
• maintaining an invaluable genetic pool for the species;
• strengthening wild populations through reintroductions of entire groups of Barbary macaques. Since the park was first established, almost 600 monkeys from our various parks have been reintroduced into the Middle Atlas mountains of Morocco;
• sponsoring actions to protect the Barbary macaque.
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