Monkey Forest

On our holiday we went to Monkey Forest, in the Trentham Estate, near Stoke on Trent and RAF Museum.

Here the Barbary macaques roam freely in a 60 acre forest. They live as they would in the Atlas mountains of Algeria and Morocco. There are 3 more similar parks, 2 in France and 1 in Germany. The monkeys from Trentham came from those other parks. The staff tries to intervene as little as possible.

The Barbart macaques are in danger of extinction, with 8,000 exemplars in the wild. The parks succeed in reintroducing over 600 monkeys in Morocco. mf_01

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Feeding time. The monkeys are fed several times a day, but the keeper doesn’t interact with them. I admire the keepers, they were very professional and very happy with their job.
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The monkeys chase the squirrels from time to time. But even so, the squirrels came to eat near them.
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The monkeys show their affection to each other with grooming.
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Enjoying a coffee and a doughnut at Banana Cafe.
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A mother and her little kid. The little monkey was born this year.
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A monkey family. The father (adoptive, the real father is unknown) helps the mother with the kid. He grooms and protects the kid.
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The little monkey wasn’t able to climb up to his parents. So, the father tried without luck to lift the kid. The mother came down, took the kid on her belly and jumped up to the father. It was very funny.
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