A THREATENED SPECIES

Within the past decade Barbary macaque populations in Morocco and Algeria have severely decreased, the main threats being:
• Deforestation
• Competition with cattle
• Exploitation of monkeys in the pet trade
Scientists estimate there are less than 8,000 individuals in the wild (down from 23,000 in 1978).
Barbary macaques are today considered an endangered species (IUCN, 2008) and classified in Appendix II of the Washington Convention.

DID YOU KNOW?

THE BARBARY MACAQUE IS THE ONLY AFRICAN MACAQUE.

It’s urgent for the survival of the species to conserve their natural habitat in North Africa.

Our Commitment

The “Forêt des Singes” is strongly committed to the protection of the species by:

• Raising public awareness of the need to protect the species by giving people the opportunity to observe the Barbary macaques in a setting very similar to their natural habitat
• actively encouraging observational non-invasive studies in the field of behavioral ecology and sociobiology
• Developing educational information on the monkeys (guides, video, inter-active boards, information centre, education centre)
• Creating and preserving an invaluable genetic pool with the population in the park and strengthening the wild populations by re-introducing entire groups of monkeys
• Re-introducing entire groups in the wild when possible
• Over 600 Barbary macaques (from our three sister parks) have already been successfully re-introduced into their natural habitat in the Atlas Mountain in Morocco
• Supporting various actions aiming at the conversation of the species.

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It’s essential to save the Barbary macaques’ last viable habitats in North Africa

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