STATUS OF THE SPECIES

The wild population is currently estimated at less than 10, 000.

Since 2008 the Barbary macaque has been classified by the IUCN as an endangered species due to the major decline in wild populations, numbers having more than halved over the past 30 years.

AN AFRICAN MONKEY

The Barbary macaque (Macaca sylvanus) originates from the mountainous regions of North Africa, in Morocco and Algeria, where it lives inforests, gorges and on rocky ridges.

WELL ADAPTED TO A TEMPERATE CLIMATE

Barbary macaques live in a temperate climate and are used to hot summers and cold, snowy winters.
That’s why at ‘La Forêt des Singes’ they can live outside year-round.
They are well adapted to this type of climate, protected against the cold by long, thick fur during the winter and moulting in the spring.
Another adaptation concerns their reproductive cycle, which is strictly seasonal. Mating takes place in autumn/winter and the babies are born in spring/early summer, when the weather is mild and food is plentiful.
The mother gives birth to a single baby after 165 days (51/2 months) of gestation.

GROUPS

Barbary macaques live in groups with almost as many males as females. Each group has its own area or “home range”, with food, water and trees or gorges where the monkeys spend the night, safe from predators.

A HIERARCHICAL SOCIETY

A male, usually aged between 10 and 15, heads the hierarchy. He holds the position for several years before being replaced by a younger rival.

HOW TO TELL A MALE FROM A FEMALE

It is easy to distinguish between adult males and females. The males are larger and weigh an average of 17kg, whereas the smaller females weigh around 13 kg.

UNIQUE BEHAVIOUR

Unlike most primates, male Barbary macaques have frequent contact with the babies. They carry, groom and protect them. Males also use babies as social go-betweens, allowing friendly contact between males.

macaques de barbarie à la forêt des singes

NEWS

The park throughout the seasons…

photo de groupe dans le parc

Groups

School/organised groups – click here to plan your visit >

Bébé magôt dans le parc

Conservation

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

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