The principal aim of this book is to present a synthesis of current knowledge of the biology of the Barbary macaque, and in doing so to recognise the contribution the Barbary has made to our understanding of primate socio-biology. Importantly, the book also looks at the species from a comparative perspective within the macaque genus as a whole.
Unfortunately, the Barbary macaque faces an uncertain future. Officially classed as 'vunerable', the status of the species in the wild is progressively deteriorating, its distribution now limited to a few isolated populations in Morocco and Algeria. The second objective of the book therefore, is to review information relevant to the management and conservation of the species, looking at captive and wild populations.
Historical Perspectives * From Calpe to Catanduanes: Babewynes, apes, marmesettes and othere dyverse bestes * The role of contingency in the evolution of the Barbary macaque * Sociality and Reproductive Biology * Barbary but not barbarian: social relations in a tolerant macaque * Kinship and behaviour in Barbary macaques * Vocal communication in Barbary macaques: a comparative perspective * The function of female copulation calls in the genus Macaca: insights from the Barbary macaque * Reproductive cycles and mating patterns in female Barbary macaques * Sexual swellings as specific mate recognition systems and the Barbary monkey (Macaca sylvanus) as a proxy for the last common ancestor of macaques * Philopatry of female macaques in relation to group dynamics and the distribution of genes - the case of the Barbary macaque (Macaca sylvanus) * Management and Conservation * Disease transmission in Barbary and other macaques: risks and implications for management and conservation * Patterns and context of human-macaque interactions in Gibraltar * The Gibraltar macaques: Origin, history and demography * The Gibraltar macaques: Management and future * Living conditions and management of Barbary macaques (Macaca sylvanus) in European zoos and animal parks - status and potential for conservation of the species * Conservation genetics of Barbary Macaques * Distribution and demography of the Barbary macaque (Macaca sylvanus L.) in the wild * Human and environmental causes of the rapid decline of the Barbary macaque (Macaca sylvanus) in the Middle Atlas of Morocco * Index