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The Barbary Macaque (Macaca sylvanus) or Barbary ape lives in Northern Africa (a little imported group lives on Gibraltar Rock). They live in troops of 10 to 30 individuals and males participae in rearing the young. Their habitat – cedar, pine or oak forest – is under treath in the area and the species is listed as vulnerable on the Red List. They were once common but nowadays only 1000-2000 survive.

Most of them are shy and difficult to observe. But on the road into the Atlas from Ifrane to Midelt, you reach a parking lot where an easy group lives. The more daring individuals even take food from tourist’s hands and they seem quite at their ease with people around them although the younger ones generally quickly flee into the trees when you get to close.

The one on the picture seemed perfectly relaxed in our neighbourhood and I choose this portrait with his eyes closed.

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