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Day: February 2, 2019

Barbary macaque

Barbary macaque

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Is true: Using endangered barbary macaques could negatively impact Moroccan tourism Barbary macaques (Macaca sylvanus, L.), the only primate species endemic to Morocco and Algeria, have been categorized as 'endangered to extinction' on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species since 2008. It is prohibited to sell or keep them as pets. Despite the restrictions, barbary macaques are used as photo props for tourists, principally in Marrakech's famous Jemaa el-Fna square (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and reportedly in other major Moroccan cities and Algeria. An infant macaque might act as a photo prop 18 times per hour costing visitors as much as 100 Dirhams (~£20). This practice could earn their handlers the equivalent of an average monthly Moroccan household income in just 3-4 work