Barbary ape

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Barbary ape:

see macaquemacaque
, name for Old World monkeys of the genus Macaca, related to mangabeys, mandrills, and baboons. All but one of the 19 species are found in Asia from Afghanistan to Japan, the Philippines, and Borneo.
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Barbary Ape


(Macaca sylvana) or tailless macaque, a monkey of the subfamily Catarrhina. The body is covered with dense reddish yellow fur. The Barbary ape is distributed in northwestern Africa (Morocco, Algeria, and Tunis); it is found in Europe only on the Rock of Gibraltar, where there are ten to 15 monkeys (under state protection). The Barbary ape inhabits mountainous regions, sometimes forming large bands. It readily tolerates cold of — 10°C and lower. It feeds on fruits, edible roots, grains, buds, shoots, coniferous seeds, and insects (locusts, beetles, butterflies). Barbary apes are frequently kept in zoos.

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None of the remaining 10 Barbary apes had serologic reactions.
There are some 230 so-called Barbary apes on the Rock of Gibraltar and they are Europe's only primates.
And be careful when you sip - - or the light-fingered Barbary apes will steal it.
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Not by the Raffles kind of gentlemen jewel thief, once played by Anthony Valentine, but by the Barbary apes that live on the Rock of Gibraltar.
Legend has it that as tong as the Barbary apes roam the Rock of Gibraltar, it will stay under British rule--as it has been since 1783.
Perhaps known best for the Barbary Apes which populate The Rock and, more lately, for the diplomatic wrangling between Spain and Britain over its sovereignty, Gibraltar has plenty to offer for either a short break or as an excursion during a longer trip to the Spanish costas.
Gibraltar is famous for its Barbary apes, but as far as Victor is concerned the place is simply full of monkeys.
6 do not show the homeland of Barbary apes, and do not correspond to assertions in the text that there were monkeys in Egypt, Dilmun (which is said to include Failaka), Magan (not discussed) and northwest India (pp.
A legend says that if the Barbary apes ever desert Gibraltar, the British will follow," explains a historian-inresidence at the Pig and Whistle Bar.