What we do

MPC’s goal is to put a halt to the illegal trade in young macaques and to better protect the natural habitats of the species in Morocco.

MPC uses a multi level approach in reaching its objectives, targeting local communities / poachers and the Moroccan authorities and the EU and every involved party in between. MPC strongly believes that conservation is only successful if the local government fully supports the conservation measures, which is why MPC has worked so hard in the last years to gain the trust and goodwill and official cooperation of the Moroccan authorities. This has resulted in the creation of a national conservation action plan for the Barbary macaque in Morocco, one of MPC’s biggest successes. MPC is now the official partner of the Moroccan authorities for the protection of Barbary macaques in Morocco, and the national conservation action plan now provides for a framework in which we can prevent this species from declining further.

MPC also believes that frequent monitoring of the wild populations and the illegal trade is important to monitor if the measures that we take are successful or not. Also the data collected during these surveys can be used to convince authorities or NGOs to take action.

MPC’s activities include:

  • Research on the illegal trade in Barbary macaques Morocco (2003/2004/2010)
  • Research on the wild population in Ifrane national park (2005/ 2011)
  • Research on the illegal trade in Barbary macaques in Europe (2003/ 2011)
  • Lobbying with the Moroccan authorities
  • Organisation of expert seminars (2007/ 2011)
  • Educational campaign in ports of Tanger/ Algeciras/ Tarifa to warn visitors/ tourists travelling to Morocco to not buy wild animals/ take pictures with macaques (2007/ 2010/ 2011/ 2012)
  • Custom training CITES in Morocco and Spain (2007/ 2009)
  • Assessment Barbary macaque Red List shift from “Vulnerable” to status “Endagered”
  • Workshops/ (field) training for Moroccan “green” NGOs, National Park staff, students of Moroccan Universities
  • Lobby/ planning/ preparations for creation of rescue center for confiscated Barbary macaques in Morocco
  • Fighting poachers with local people
  • Working closely together with Moroccan and European universities
  • Scientific publications
  • School programmes on education concerning Barbary macaque conservation/ garbage and the importance of conserving habitats/ forests
  • Creation of National Conservation Action Plan for the Barbary macaque in Morocco

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If you wish to do a one-off donation, but cannot use the links please transfer your donation to account number 390469130. (IBAN: NL94TRIO 0390469130 and BIC/ SWIFT: TRIONL2U). Please put your email address in the subject of your transfer so that we can contact you.

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Stichting Moroccan Primate Conservation/
Moroccan Primate Conservation foundation
Van Hogendorpstraat 68E,
1051 BS, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Tel: +31(0)644787261 /
Email: info@mpcfoundation.nl

About us

MPC is an NGO that has successfully worked on the conservation of the endangered Barbary macaque in Morocco since 2003. MPC is the official partner of the Moroccan government for the protection of this unique species. 

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