The Barbary macaque is a monkey of many distinctions. It is the only primate, other than humans, north of the Sahara on the African continent, and it’s the only macaque living outside of Asia. As few as 6,000 of the endangered monkeys remain—with between 4,000 and 5,000 in Morocco .
For those interested in seeing Barbary macaques while holidaying in Morocco the largest populations are found in the small village of Azrou in the Middle Atlas Mountains. About an hour drive from Fez, Azrou is a tranquil, retreat from the busy city and a potential stop on the way to the desert.
A Barbary macaque on a chain, used for tourist photo-ops in Marrakech . Commonly known as the Barbary ape, it is really a tailless monkey . It is found in the mountains of Morocco and Algeria and is the only African non-human primate found north of the Sahara. There is also an introduced population on Gibraltar.
As stated above, they will bite and can become aggressive if they feel threatened in their natural environment. This place is a relatively safe area as long as you heed the warnings and do not feed or attempt to touch the apes that live here in Gibraltar .
Dangerous Animals Snakes, scorpions and palm rats can all deliver nasty and dangerous bites in the blink of an eye. However, being bitten is not a frequent occurrence and most travelers will never even see these animals . Morocco is considered to be a non-malaria region so you do not have to get any inoculations.
Snake species in morocco . There are over 3000 snake species worldwide 200 of which are venomous and hold medical importance. Notably, the Bitis arietans viper and the Naja cobra can be found in Morocco . Figure 1: Ten of the most dangerous snake species in the world.
Monkeys tend to inhabit the tropical rainforests of Africa , Central America , South America and Asia. All primates live in trees, with the exception of baboons that prefer to live on the ground.
Before the most recent Ice Age, which began about 110,000 years ago, Europe was a much warmer and wetter place, and monkeys thrived. But as the planet cooled, primate distribution contracted around the equator, and the European monkeys either moved out or died out.
The snake charmers of Jemaa El Fnaa Snake charming is an ancient skill in Morocco and those who practice this art can always be found in Marrakech’s central square, Jemaa El Fnaa.
What to do if you are attacked? Do not run away or show fear – this will just tell the monkey that you are inferior and their aggression could intensify. Back away slowly, don’t turn your back on the monkey but do avoid making eye contact. Show the monkey that you are not holding anything in your hands.
A visit to Gibraltar for every tourist is a rare chance to encounter, at close quarters, a wild animal in its environment. Legend says if the monkeys disappear from Gibraltar so will the British which is why during the Second World War with the numbers dwindling Winston Churchill sent to North Africa for replacements.
Gibraltar, a 2.6 square mile (6.7 square kilometre) peninsula that is home to about 30,000 people, is a British territory to which Spain has long laid claim.