The Distribution and Current Status of the Barbary Macaque in North Africa

  • John E. Fa
  • David M. Taub
  • Nelly Menard
  • Philip J. Stewart

Abstract

Barbary macaques (Macaca sylvanus L.) are now found in relatively small and disjunct habitat pockets in the Rif, Moyen and Haut Atlas mountain ranges of Morocco, and in the Chiffa, Petite and Grande Kabylies mountain ranges of Algeria (fig. 4.1). Within these regions, the environments show a rich diversity, ranging from lowland scrub habitats through mid-altitude oak forests to high altitude coniferous woodland. The status of the species in all these areas is generally precarious (Taub, 1977; Drucker, Chap. 6; Mehlman, Chap. 7 this volume). Human encroachment is responsible for an ever increasing loss of habitat (Taub, Chap. 3 this volume), and its consequent disruption of monkey population. The purpose of this paper is to present current information on the distribution and status of Barbary macaque populations, and their habitats in Morocco and Algeria; to provide an inventory of all the currently known localities of occurrence and to prioritize these for future conservation strategies.

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • John E. Fa
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • David M. Taub
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Nelly Menard
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Philip J. Stewart
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of ZoologyUniversity of OxfordUK
  2. 2.Yemassee Primate Center (S.C.)Medical University of South CarolinaUSA
  3. 3.Station Biologique de PaimpointUniversite de RennesUK
  4. 4.Commonwealth Forestry InstituteUniversity of OxfordUK

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