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But chaotic relationships
For the Barbary macaque, community living is extremely important. The macaque lives in a group, made up of 20 to 30 individuals, with a complex social organisation. These groups are made up of many males and females, each of which have a clear hierarchical position that is defined by birth. Although these ranks are relatively stable, each individual will protect its social status by screaming, chasing, or less frequently through physical attacks. Despite these facets of their relationships, which may seem chaotic to us, Barbary macaques are relatively peaceful compared to other species of primates.
Beauval Nature is helping save the barbary macaque
Classified as “Endangered” by the IUCN, the barbary macaque is threatened by loss of habitat due to intensive logging and land clearing. Further to this, the barbary macaque also suffers from illegal trade and persecution by local populations.
The Barbary Macaque Awareness & Conservation association is supported by the Beauval Nature association and studies the relationship between local populations and barbary macaques. Shepherds are now tasked with locating populations of barbary macaques and monitoring them. Several other awareness-raising programmes have been put in place, especially in schools.
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