By Bonaventura Majolo
In the last days, whilst our team was not with the monkeys, 4 infants (3 girls and one boy) have disappeared out of the Green group. This is the group we have been studying over the last 3 years or so. We are convinced that the disappearance is caused by poaching for many obvious reasons and also because of the behaviour of the mothers. It is also exactly the time of year when poaching increases, after the summer holiday.
We are all extremely upset about this and as it is still very soon after the poaching we want to try and find them and get them back to the group in the forest.
Our team is currently visiting various markets in Morocco to try and find the monkeys, and we are working in close collaboration with Els van Lavieren, from the Moroccan Primate Conservation. If you LIVE IN MARRAKECH, FES, TANGER, CASABLANCA, SALE, OUJDA – please can you contact Els (firstname.lastname@example.org) or go to the local animal markets (Jemma el Fna in Marrakech, Place de Fes in Tanger, Fes El Jdid in Fes) and check if you can find these individuals. They might still be together. We have added pictures of the macaques, on our Facebok page, to help you recognize them. The smallest girl has a dark spot on the navel, like a scab (picture looking backwards sitting on rock). Please visit the Facebook page of the Moroccan Primate Conservation (at this link) for updates on this issue. THANK YOU! French version of this post.