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Part 4: Tim and Gaston visit the barbary macaques in Morocco


We are dealing with different kind of problems in relation to the barbary macaques.
The barbary macaques eat the fruit grown by the shepherds and they destroy the trees. Because of this, they miss this income. They’ve put nets over the fruit trees, but this doesn’t offer a solution.

These families are being visited during so-called farshifts to talk about possible solutions. The farshifts take place 3 times a week and each service lasts 7 hours. The scouts meet with another IFAW department to talk about human-animal conflicts to come up with structural solutions. Of course, these are complex issues.

A major issue is the littering. In Morocco they just throw away their rubbish on the streets and it’s also scattered around the forest. Sometimes the macaques eat plastic and die because of it. The few waste containers that are around, are plundered by the macaques looking for food. Tourists should take their garbage home. A team of 5 people clean as much rubbish as possible during 4 hours a week.

There’s also illegal deforestation going on, which of course is bad for the habitat of the macaques. There are high penalties, but it’s still a hard thing to fight. The scouts register all the established facts. A 10-year-old oak tree is only 50 cm high and even trees that are over 80 years old aren’t even fully grown. Therefore it takes an extremely long time to compensate for illegal deforestation.