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Along with Els van Lavieren (Director of MPCF) and Dr Bino Majolo (Director of the Barbary Macaque Project), Professor Semple met with officials from The High Commission for Water and Forests in Morocco, and from Ifrane National Park where the project will be based. They discussed how best to develop ‘low impact’ ecotourism that helps to protect the macaques and the cedar forests in which they live, and also provides employment and other benefits for local people.
The Barbary macaque is the only macaque species outside Asia and the only non-human primate in Africa living above the Sahara. In 2008, it was officially classified as ‘endangered’, and less than 10,000 may now be left in the wild.
Professor Semple said, “Tourism will be a key tool in ensuring the continued survival of this species, and we are delighted to be able to contribute to this new conservation initiative.”
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