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Conservation in the wild

The population has decreased by more than 50% in the last 30 years. There are fewer than 8000 wild Barbary macaques left.

Barbary macaques live in the Atlas mountains of Morocco and Algeria.

The main threats to wild Barbary macaques:

  • Deforestation – their natural habitat is being degraded through excessive  logging
  • Overgrazing – there is competition for food with flocks of sheep and goats 
  • Illegal Pet Trade – babies are poached from the wild and sold illegally as pets, mostly within Europe 
  • Illegal Photo Prop  Trade – monkeys exploited to make money from tourists