In November 2014, MPC organized a workshop with the mineral sellers that have their stalls in the forest in Ifrane NP on 2 locations along the road that crosses through the forest. This is a very busy road. The mineral sellers feed 2 groups of monkeys so that they stay near them and attract tourists to stop and buy souvenirs from them. But this feeding and uncontrolled parking of cars along the road has caused at least 6 macaque deaths by traffic, 2 who are very recent.
For this reason we invited the mineral sellers and the national park management to discuss solutions for this problem. MPC strongly believes that involving them is the solution and if we all work together we can prevent the problems of deaths by traffic and feeding of monkeys.
Our Monkeywatch guides and Mohamed MPC’s monkey guard participated as well to make sure that everybody who works in our team can help implement and enforce the decisions.
The meeting went really well and we came up with a lot of feasible solutions that we will elaborate more on later. This is a very good start and we are really pleased to have more and more local people involved in Barbary macaque conservation in Ifrane NP!!