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Macaques, Macaque Pictures, Facts, and Information

Macaque mother with baby


Macaque mother with baby

Macaque mother with baby

Barbary Macaque


Barbary Macaque
Barbary Macaque
Barbary Macaque

Two Barbary Macaques cleaning each other


Two Barbary Macaques cleaning each other

Monkey with bottle


Monkey with bottle

Monkey


Monkey
Pictures of Barbary Macaque monkeys (Old World monkey).

Animal: Barbary Macaque

Species: Macaca Sylvanus

Lifespan: When living int he wild, the Barbary Macaque lives to be between 18 and 22 years old.

Size & Weight: A muture Barabary Macaque is approximately 30 inches long and weights about 30 lbs.

Habitat: Barbary Macaques are typical found in the north African countries of Tunisia, Algeria, and Morrocco. However, because a population was introduced to Gibralter and is now thriving, Barbary Macaques are known for being the only wild monkeys in Europe. The B. Macaques can be found in higher elevation, montainous forests of cedar, pine, and oak.

Family Life: Barbary Macaques live in troops that are fairly equally populated by males and females, and consist of about 15 to 30 monkeys. The troops are heirarchial and the head female of the troop is the one that determines the heirarchy. Male Macaques leave thier troop once they mature to look for other troops and a mate. Female Barbary Macaques mate with many male monkeys within the troop and, as a result, males Barbary Macaques don't know which babies are their offspring and will take care of any infant in the group. Unlike other species of male Macaques, Barbary Macaques carry the young around and groom them mst of the time. Scientist speculate that another reason male Barbary Macaques are so attentive to the babies int he troop is because females are more likely to mate with a Male macaque that is a good caregiver.

Diet: The Barbary Macaques diet consists of fruits, seeds, flowers, shoots, rhizomes, and insects. Sometimes, when food is sparse, they'll even eat pine needles.

*Fun Facts*

  • The Barbary Macaque is diurnal, which means it sleeps at night and is awake during the day.
  • The Barbary Macaque is one of the only monkeys that does not have a tail.
  • The Barbary Macaque is the the only species of Macaque that comes from Africa. The other 20 species are from Asia.