Barbary Macaque Conservation in the Rif

To halt the decline of Barbary macaques in Morocco


The association, Barbary Macaque Conservation in the Rif (BMCRif), has been working in Morocco since 2004. The conservation concern that triggered this project is the drastic decline of Barbary macaques (Macaca sylvanus) in Morocco due to capture of infants for the illegal pet trade. This decline led to the listing of the species as Endangered on the IUCN Red List in 2008.


BMCRif aims to halt the decline of the Barbary macaque in northern Morocco by raising awareness, gathering data, and working with local and national stakeholders to ensure the future of the species, its habitat, and the livelihoods of the local people. Practical hands-on conservation at grass roots level!


WAZA Conservation Project 12011 is implemented by Barbary Macaque Conservation in the Rif, with support provided by Barcelona Zoo, Apenheul Primate Conservation Trust, Conservatoire pour la Protection des Primates, Parco Natura Viva, Folly Farm Adventure Park & Zoo and NaturZoo Rheine. Other stakeholders involved in the project include the Moroccan Ministry of Water and Forests, Moroccan Ministry of Education, University of Tetouan, Tetouan Football Association and Tangier-Tetouan Regional Veterinary Service.




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