Out of Asia: the singular case of the Barbary macaque

Majolo, Bonaventura and van Lavieren, Els and Marechal, Laetitia and Maclarnon, Ann and Marvin, Garry and Quarri, Mohamed and Semple, Stuart (2013) Out of Asia: the singular case of the Barbary macaque. In: Cooperation and conflict between humans and macaques. Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects (43). Springer. ISBN 9781461439677

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Abstract

The Barbary macaque (Macaca sylvanus) is the only species of the genus Macaca living outside Asia. Currently, two disjointed and highly fragmented populations of this species exist in the wild, in Morocco and Algeria. The Barbary macaque is listed as endangered in the IUCN 2010 Red List of Threatened Species and the total population size in the wild is estimated at between 5,000 and 6,000 individuals. Outside Africa, a free-ranging population of macaques inhabits the Rock of Gibraltar. The Barbary macaque can be considered a flagship species of the cedar and oak forests of Morocco and Algeria. Despite this, little is known about the population structure, ecology and behaviour of wild Barbary macaques. Scarce data exist on the effect of human activity on the conservation and behaviour of this species. In this chapter, we review the literature on wild Barbary macaques to describe their ecology and behaviour. We discuss the factors threatening the survival of this species, and the history of human-macaque interactions in Morocco and Algeria, as well as in Gibraltar. Moreover, we analyse the effect of tourist pressure on the behaviour of the Barbary macaque at our field site in the Middle Atlas Mountains of Morocco, as a case study of human-macaque interactions

Keywords:Barbary Macaques, Primatology
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C180 Ecology
D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D300 Animal Science
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
ID Code:13366
Deposited On:18 Feb 2014 10:39

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