The Monkeys of Gibraltar

With the amount of photos that I took of the fascinating Barbary Macaques on my short but sweet visit to Gibraltar, I felt like they deserved their own blog post.

Gibraltar is one of the few places where you can see Barbary Macaques in the wild and the only wild population in Europe. Whilst Africa is sadly seeing a decline of these primates; in Gibraltar they are absolutely thriving and it’s clear to see how well they’re looked after by the locals.

Before heading up the rock I was feeling slightly nervous. I’d heard tales of ‘attacks’ and been told to take care of my belongings because they’re well known for being light fingered! Luckily I had little to worry about. It was early morning and they were docile for the most part – only slightly curious of us but mostly used to having a camera lens pointed at them.

I could have spent the whole day just watching them. So human in their expressions and on the most part, so gentle.

Here are a few photos I took of these fascinating creatures. Enjoy!

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You can also check the full post about my short experience in Gibraltar here.

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