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Barbary macaque

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Barbary macaque
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Scientific Classification
Scientific Name

Macaca sylvanus

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Barbary Macaque resting

The Barbary macaque is a species of Macaque monkey known by the scientific name Macaca sylvanus . They are best known for their habitat along the Barbary Coast from which their name is derived. The Barbary macaque are the most well known monkey species in the world. [2] The Barbary Macaque can also be known as the Rock ape or the Barbary Ape. Those names can be misleading though, as they are not apes.[3]

Body Design

Body of a Barbary Macaque

The Barbary Macaque weighs 13 kilograms (29 pounds). The females are usually smaller than the males. They can grow to a maximum size of 30 inches. They have pink coloring on their faces. They have yellowish and brownish coloring. Their hind limbs are shorter than their front limbs. [4]

Life Cycle

The Barbary Macaque parent with kid

The Barbary Macaque reproduce seasonally. Usually the strongest and most dominant male from the Barbary Macaque does most of the mating. The females usually mate with all the male members because the males will not be sure of paternity. In about a year or so, the females give birth to an offspring. The gestation lasts for about 5 months and there is a very rare chance of having twins. The females reach sexual maturity when they are about 4 years old, the males however reach sexual maturity when they are around 7 years old. [5]

Ecology

These are the places where the Barbary Macaque live

The Barbary Macaque is the only primate alive in Africa. They can be found in Northern Algeria in the Tellian Atlas, and northern Morocco, and in the central and southern parts of Morocco living at oak and Cedar forests. They are also the only native macaque species to be alive in Europe. They can be found also in mountains, coastal regions, broad leaf forests and temperate grasslands. Also, the Barbary Macaque can be found sometimes in Djebel Bouzegza. [6]

They live with each other and they form up to hundreds of members in a group. [7] They have a diet of fruit, leaves, bark, roots and sometimes invertebrates. In the winter time, the get some bark and some evergreen needles. They are threatened by humans, and some hunters. Some young Barbary Macaques are captured as pets. They only exist in small areas now, they used to show up in many places of Northern Africa. They are in small places now because they strip a lot of bark and considered dangerous to the trees. [8]

Video

The Barbary Macaque

References

  1. Cercopithecoidea wikispecies. Web. Last modified on 25 October 2016. Unknown Author.
  2. Macaque Monkeys Animal Corner. Accessed 2005-2017 Unknown Author
  3. Matt Richardson Barbary macaque (Macaca sylvanus) Wildscreen Arkive. Accessed January 29th 2006
  4. Macaque Monkeys Animal Corner. Accessed 2005-2017 Unknown Author
  5. Matt Richardson Barbary macaque (Macaca sylvanus) Wildscreen Arkive. Accessed January 29th 2006
  6. Macaca sylvanus Red List. Many Authors, Unknown. Accessed June 30th, 2008.
  7. Barbary macaque BBC nature. Accessed October 2014 Unknown Author
  8. Matt Richardson Barbary macaque (Macaca sylvanus) Wildscreen Arkive. Accessed January 29th 2006