Launch of the Barbary Macaque Project Blog

Barbary Macaque monkeysAn exciting new blog is now up and running about the Barbary Macaque Project overseen by Dr Bonoventura Majolo from the School of Psychology. Here’s one of the first posts by Chris Young, introducing us to the blog and the work at the field site in Morocco:

Firstly welcome to our blog.  Here we aim to give everyone an insight in to out work and life in the field and also life after the field.  We will try to keep you captivated with a vast array of photo’s, videos and witty posts.  The idea is to allow you in to the world of the primatologist and see what field work is all about and also our lives beyond the field.  Living in a small town in Morocco is an experience to say the least and when combined with working with wild animals it gives us many a story to tell.

You can see my involvement on the project through my profile but just to give you a quick overview.  I am currently a PhD student and work on two groups of monkeys in two separate forests close to Azrou, Morocco.  The first group are the Green Group with 8 adult males, 7 females, 4 juveniles and 4 mischievous infants.  The second group is the Scarlet Group with 6 males, 9 females, a plethora of juveniles and also 4 infants.  To help me collect data on these two groups i have 3 assistants: Maria, Sofia and Tom.  We are currently in the mating season which is a very busy time for us as i am sure you will find out in future posts.

Mostly we hope you enjoy finding out about our projects, research and general musings.

As mentioned in previous blog posts, it’s always great to hear about successful research projects, and the blog will be regularly updated with news about the monkeys, research projects and life in Morocco. There are already some great pictures of the monkeys and the research team so take a look and see what research topics the team are currently working on.