To protect the Endangered Barbary Macaque, stop their inclusion in the illegal pet trade, and preserve their natural habitat.
Vanquish the Moroccan Barbary Macaque "photo-prop" trade through the education of local people, and contribute to the building of a wild animal rescue centre in Morocco.
Macaques are incredibly adaptable animals. They live in a range of habitats from snowy Japan to the northern African coast. The Barbary Macaque, found in Morocco, Algeria and Gibraltar, is now classified as an endangered species by the IUCN. This is due to an increase in demand of them being bought and used as pets and performers. Wild numbers are estimated at 8,000 – 10, 000, but continue to fall.
Barbary Macaques are a highly social species who live in groups of 30 to 80 individuals. They forage both in trees and on the ground, spending a great deal of time grooming which allows close bonds to form between individuals. Both males and females share the care and responsibility of their young, emphasising the importance of family relationships.
Imagine, therefore, the trauma and grief of a young Barbary Macaque being torn away from family to be sold in to the pet trade. These animals are not domestic pets – they belong in the wild. While not posing and performing for their owners they are kept in small, confined boxes, more often than not, alone.
The BMAC project rehabilitates and releases wild macaques, supports authorities in wildlife confiscations, and educates the local Moroccans on the importance of saving this rare and inquisitive species. Education campaigns are also run in an attempt to encourage Moroccan tourists to not have their photo taken with macaques. Data is consistently being gathered in an attempt to show the world what a huge impact the photo prop trade is having on wild species of animals.
BMAC are in the process of building a conservation and education centre. By the end of 2015 the walls, roof, and well had been built. The next goal is to build a rescue and rehabilitation centre where BMAC can treat confiscated macaques. With your ongoing support we can make these centres a reality, and help bring Barbary Macaques back from the edge of extinction!
Where your money goes
Tétouan, Northern Morocco
Having developed a passion for primates over the years through working in zoos, Barbary Macaques have more recently become the main focus for me. So many sadly end up in the pet trade and are used as photo props. For this reason, I have chosen to support BMAC. We need to stop trade in Barbary macaques and help fund a rescue and rehabilitation center.