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Middle Atlas Mountains (Morocco):”Macaque Monkeys”

Along our journey through the Middle Atlas Mountains, we drove through cedar forests and were greeted with a surprise along the way. At a height of 1,650 metres, we stopped to watch a group of macaque monkeys feeding on the roadside. Apparently, it’s hit and miss as to whether travellers in their contemporary caravanserais will see the monkeys. If they’ve had a feed, they wander off into the forest and you miss the opportunity.

We were lucky and there they were enjoying a snack. What do they eat?  Depending on the season, they dine on cedar bark, caterpillars and/or mushrooms. As with tourists who feed wild animals in other countries, the food they gave these monkeys was not the monkeys preferred food and it tends to rot their teeth.  Be a responsible eco tourist and respect animals, their native habitats and preferred food sources.

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Of course, as with wild animals anywhere in the world, you should exercise caution. Some of the tourists got awfully close and chased them. Every monkey, including a mum and her baby, were a photo opportunity. They have become accustomed to tourists and might even depend on them for human snacks rather in addition to their natural foraging. I was aware of where I stepped because I didn’t want to raise the ire of the monkeys by treading on their tails.I certainly didn’t want to invite them to snack on my leg. It wouldn’t be very tasty anyway.

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