Friday, October 5, 2012

The Barbary macaque

I won this card in a lottery organised by serward. It's a card that he bought in Gibraltar. :) Sent from Ukraine.

The Barbary macaque (Macaca sylvanus), or common macaque, is a macaque with no tail. Found in the Atlas Mountains of Algeria and Morocco with a small population, of unknown origin, in Gibraltar, the Barbary macaque is one of the best-known Old World monkey species. Besides humans, they are the only primates living freely in Europe. Although the species is commonly referred to as the "Barbary ape", the Barbary macaque is a true monkey, not an ape.

The last wild population in Europe is that of Gibraltar, which unlike that of North Africa, is thriving. At present, according to the census carried out by Andrew Stimpson, some 300 animals in five troops occupy the area of the Upper Rock, though occasional forays into the town may result in damages to personal property.

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