Readers’ wildlife photographs

Dorsa Amir is a second-year Ph.D. student in Biological Anthropology at Yale University, and has a website. She sent us some photos of primates, along with captions. I didn’t know that there were macaques in Morocco, but Wikipedia tells the tale:

The Barbary macaque (Macaca sylvanus), Barbary ape, or magot is a species of macaque unique for its distribution outside Asia and for its vestigial tail. Found in the Atlas Mountains of Algeria and Morocco and El-Kouf National Park in Libya along with a small population of unknown origin in Gibraltar, the Barbary macaque is one of the best-known Old World monkey species.

If you’ve been to Gibraltar, you’ll know that there’s a population of about 300 or so on The Rock, probably introduced by the Moors.

And here are Dorsa’s notes and captions:

Thought I’d send along some photos from my fieldwork in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, studying barbary macaques. Not the highest quality (couldn’t take along too fancy of a camera for the field), but still interesting.

Here’s Kit-Kat, an alpha male in contention, who may possibly be the saddest looking monkey in the world. Even when he’s being groomed by his harem. Like, seriously, Kit Kat, crack a smile now and again, you know?
This guy’s Galack, the most handsome monkey in Morocco. I mean seriously, look at that coat. Chicks dig Galack.


Here’s one of the many little beebins. These little guys just love to jump on our equipment and generally get us in trouble with their protective parents.


Here they are, cuddling for warmth. [I



And here’s a photo of my cat, Emerson, for good measure:


Dorsa added that she works at the field site of the Barbary Macaque Project, whose website is here.



  1. bonetired
    Posted October 3, 2014 at 5:01 am | Permalink

    The Gibraltar ones are thriving – unlike their African cousins – in fact the population is now so great that they are leaving the Upper Rock Nature Reserve and are heading down into the town itself where their interactions with humans are causing problems. As always, it is not the monkeys’ fault since it is the side-effects of human living that attracts them – waste food for example. I believe that some of the population are being resettled back to Africa in order to boost their declining population.

  2. Bill the Cat
    Posted October 3, 2014 at 5:16 am | Permalink

    Please tell me you cat is named after Keith…

    • bonetired
      Posted October 3, 2014 at 5:38 am | Permalink

      I would hope that there is a cat out there called “Mooggie” …..

  3. Posted October 3, 2014 at 7:18 am | Permalink


  4. Diana MacPherson
    Posted October 3, 2014 at 7:23 am | Permalink

    Galack does have a pretty coat & look at that stance – seems strange to see a primate stand so confidently on all fours that way.

    • Posted October 3, 2014 at 8:40 am | Permalink

      Yeah…they’re cousins…but distant….


  5. Mark R.
    Posted October 3, 2014 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    With all the thick green moss on the rocks, I would guess there is a lot of precipitation where you are. I always thought Northern Africa was much drier…lichens, not moss. Maybe the Atlas mountains receive plenty of orographic precipitation from the Mediterranean?

    Galack sure is a handsome guy…I can see how the chicks dig him. 🙂 His name fits him too somehow. Kit-Kat’s name not so much.

  6. Marella
    Posted October 4, 2014 at 3:58 am | Permalink

    Lovely kitteh, beautiful monkeys.

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