Barbary Macaque with extinction in Morocco
Poaching threatens the survival of the , in Morocco, warns the High Commission for
Waters and forests and the fight against desertification (HCEFLCD).
The Middle Atlas is home to approximately 67% of the remaining population of the Barbary Macaque in the world, this number is about 65% in the past three decades with reduced from 15,000 to 5,000, the HCEFLD regrets in a press release via the Moroccan news agency MAP.
"Despite the measures taken, the kind is subject to several threats, in particular the loss of its habitat, poaching and the illegal trade in young monkeys as pets are used," wrote the HCEFLD.
Technically, the destruction of the habitat of this species due to several human factors, such as overgrazing, poaching or illegal trade of young monkeys, as well as the climatic changes that affect the Moroccan forests by waste and scarcity of water resources.
The main populations of this macaques (Macaca Sylvanus) are particularly limited to the Cedar forests of Sidi M'Guild, Michlifen Ifrane and, in the green oak forests of Ain Leuh, El Hammam, between Azrou and Ain Leuh, as well as in the southern forests of Ouiouane.
The species is also found in certain areas of the High Atlas, with an estimated population of 1000, as well as in the reef where the berber population currently consists of 2000 monkeys, according to the HCEFLD.