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Gibraltar’s Mascot: The Barbary Macaques

I spent a couple of hours up in “Gib” last weekend taking a few shots of the Barbary Apes. They’re hilarious to watch interact with each other, and it’s a lot of fun being able to walk around with them with no fences separating you. Below are a few shots I captured. Enjoy!

The Gibraltarian Barbary Macaques are so used to people, they even pose for the camera!

A young Barbary Macaque.

Another young Barbary ape, resting in the trees.

In love and picking off bugs.

Gibraltarian Ape Facts:

  • They are known as apes, but are actually tail-less monkeys.
  • They are one of the top tourist attractions of Gibraltar and the unofficial national animal.
  • Do not feed them! Or risk a £500 fine.
  • They were under the care of the Gibraltarian Army for a large part of the 1900’s and were named after high-ranking officers.
  • There is a popular urban legend that as long as the monkeys live on Gibraltar, the UK territory will remain under British rule. When the population dwindled down to just 7 monkeys during WWII, Sir Winston Churchill ordered that more monkeys be brought in from Morocco.
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