10:37 Saturday 19 October 2013

Barbary macaque conservation

Written byLeah Cassady

With less than 10,000 Barbary macaques surviving in the wild, the species has been on the endangered list since 2008. With such low numbers, the Barbary macaques are a great cause to support and Trentham Monkey Forest plays an active role in the conservation of these endangered animals.

Trentham Monkey Forest help raise valuable funds to support conservation projects and research into their behavior and how best to save the species.

The attraction held their second conservation week of 2013 late September to help raise even more money for this fantastic cause. Throughout the week, 50 pence from each entry ticket was donated to one of two projects, University of Lincoln research project or the MPC (Moroccan Primate Conservation Foundation), both of which support the Barbary macaque.

The week raised an impressive £1,264 for both projects, with £753.50 going to the University of Lincoln Research Project and £510.50 to the MPC Educational School programme.

The attraction itself is doing a great job at raising awareness of the situation, with regular talks throughout the day, you really get learn more about the monkeys, their way of life, habits and sometimes even a little of their personalities. There are also lots of guides around to answer questions and tell you more about the monkeys around you.

Visitors to this unique forest were able to learn more about the great work being undertaken to protect this endangered species and during Conservation Week they could even choose which project should receive their donation by placing their token in one of two boxes. I was torn about which project should receive my donation after reading more about them and their goals. They’re both tackling it from a different angle and in the end, as I went with a friend, we decided to place one in each!

They also held an evening with two experts working with Barbary macaques in the wild, who discussed their work with the monkeys in Morocco as well as answering any questions. All proceeds from the night also went to aid Barbary macaque conservation.

For more information, contact Monkey Forest on 01782 659845 or visit the website at www.monkey-forest.com.

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