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Katy, the absolute protagonist of these latest months

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We already told you that the group of macaques was living some moments of changes. Today we want to talk about Katy.

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The story of Titín; the history of hundreds of Barbary macaques

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Today the INTERNATIONAL MACAQUES DAY is celebrated to make known this primate species. More than 70 different species belong to this group and among them is the Barbary Macaque, one of the species currently rescued by MONA.

On the occasion of this day, we want to tell you the story of Titin, one of the Barbary macaques rescued by MONA.

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Pipa loses her leadership?!

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Pipa is known for her leading role within our group of Barbary macaques. She has always had a strong character, very dominant and strict with the other individuals in the group. We could say that she govern with an iron fist, or better said, she had governed with an iron fist… Because today, in the 13th anniversary of Pipa’s arrival, she loses her position in the hierarchy. The whole team was astonished to see the changes that were taking place in the social dynamics of the group. Suddenly, without warning, Titín, the youngest of the group, rebelled against her. Of course, with the invaluable help of Abu, who also seems to have left behind his difficult beginnings in MONA…

Titín had always been trying to occupy a higher position in the hierarchy, but few were betting on his success… However, he’s no longer the small and defenseless baby that came to the center with just 6 months old. He’s becoming an adult macaque with an imposing physique and he seems to have realized it. It’s definitely his chance. It’s his moment.

Will this situation persist?  Will Titín be able to retain his leadership or Pipa will prevail it again?


International Macaque Day

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This Wednesday the 16th of March we celebrate the first International Macaque’s Day, a great oportunity for them to stop being, once for all, the one forgoten primate.

Did you know that the Barbary macaque is the only primate, except from humans, that can be found in the wild in Europe?

The Barbary macaque populations are decreesing by vast amounts every year… The destruction of their habitat and illegal pet trade are leading this unique species to extinction.

About 300 babies are captured every year, snatched away from their habitat, their home, their family… to be sold illegaly as pets in Europe. However the day will arrive when this baby, obtained on a whim to be a pet, becomes an animal far different from the exemplary pet that they were suposed to be… What are the options now? Abandoning it, or locking it away in a little cage, depriving it from the little social contact you could offer so far, leaving it to a life in solitude with little or no stimulation. This situation forbides them developing the social abilities which are essencial for their physical and mental wellbeing , this can causes some abnormal behaviours to appear as repetitive movements or, in more severe cases, self inflicted agression.

In Fundació MONA we fight daily to rise awareness of the terrible situation the Barbary macaque is facing, and we work tirelessly to offer them the worthy life they were taken from.

Nevertherless, and despite the extreme situation of the specie, the Barbary macaque illegal traffic is increassing.
But you can now help us! Join us on this day and give voice to those who dont have it. We have a commitment to them, and every single act no matter how small is crucial to there survial. Only by working toghether will we be able to avoid the extinction of this wonderful primate species.

And why is it such a unique specie?

Here are some facts about the macaques you might not have know.

Did you know that macaques are one of the few monkeys without tail? A feature generally reserved to great apes…

Did you know Barbary macaques take part in the rearing of there young even though they are not their own? This makes socials bounds stronger between males and youngsters and even between other males, as thier movement helps to create and strenghten the group bounds.

Did tou know Barbary macaque can live at 40ºC during summer months and suport temperatures under zero during the winter?

Are you still dubting on the uniqueness of this specie?

Join us! Put the 16th of March in you calendar and celebrate the Macaque’s International Day by giving them a hand. Join the fight for their conservation, be part of the solution today, and don’t let their extinction be our fault.

Yes, they are small, but they also have rights…

“I DON’T BUY, I HELP”





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