Author Archives: Bonaventura Majolo

Preventing monkey bites

Wildlife tourists frequently fail to identify aggressive and distressed emotional states in wild monkeys – mistaking animals’ warnings of aggression for ‘smiles’ and ‘kisses’. This can lead to welfare problems for  primates and risk of injury for people. In our new paper we … Continue reading

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Metabolic flexibility of Barbary macaques

The endangered Barbary macaques have to cope with extreme environmental conditions, from cold and snowy winters to hot and dry summers. Under these extreme and diverse ecological conditions full-filling their daily energetic requirements may be very difficult for macaques. We … Continue reading

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The monkeys make it to Japanese TV

Last spring a documentary on the Barbary macaques of Morocco has been released on NHK, a Japanese channel. A short trailer of the documentary is available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrA1AImcIZE. The documentary was filmed by the Dutch company ‘Ateles’ and shows the … Continue reading

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Eco-guards to protect the endangered Barbary macaque

  The Moroccan Primate Conservation Foundation (MPCF), a key partner of the Barbary Macaque Project, has just started a new programme to protect the endangered Barbary macaques: 2 eco-guards have been trained by MPCF and Liz Campbell (from the Barbary … Continue reading

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Why grooming is good for you

Our team has recently published two studies on the benefits of grooming exchange in Barbary macaques. Grooming is intensely studied by primatologists as a model behaviour to analyse the benefits of sociality. In our first study (Molesti & Majolo 2015) … Continue reading

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