The temperature is lowering and the leaves are falling as the forest transforms into a beautiful shade of orange. As autumn arrives, so too does our second Conservation Week of the year. Running from the 11th 17th October this week is the perfect time to highlight the ongoing work we do to help protect this fascinating species inhabiting Trentham Monkey Forest.
Something that people may not be fully aware of is the fact that our monkeys are actually an endangered species, along with the likes of Black Rhinos, Bengal Tigers and Sea Lions. The population of wild Barbary macaques has decreased by 50% in the 30 years and there are now only an estimated 8000 left in the wild!
Therefore, at Monkey Forest we have a strong commitment to Conservation, and have so far re-released over 600 Barbary macaques (from our sister parks) into the wild. Our aims include raising public awareness, developing educational information and ultimately strengthening the wild population.
Sadly, the decline in numbers is caused by habitat destruction and each year around 200 babies are taken from their mothers and sold as pets. If you have visited Monkey Forest recently you will have seen our 6 newest additions, who are happily exploring the forest, learning to climb (and falling back down), and making new friends. Despite them being extremely cute, they are wild animals and should not be sold as pets. This illegal pet trade is one of the main contributors to the rapid decline in population and something that must be stopped.
Conservation Week helps to highlight these increasing issues to the public. Our monkey-loving visitors can also get involved with this amazing cause as 50 pence of each visitors entrance ticket can be donated to one of our chosen organisations. We work very closely with the Moroccan Primate Conservation Foundations (MPC) and The University of Lincolns Barbary macaque project which both carry out valuable work to help protect the wild Barbary macaques.
As part of Octobers Conservation Week, we are extremely excited that for the second year running we will be holding another Conservation Evening! The evening will include talks from leading experts from both the MPC and University of Lincoln, who will be talking about the brilliant conservation work they do. A very exclusive event to be happening up North!
Ultimately, Conservation Week is an opportunity for us to help raise awareness and highlight the ongoing commitment that we have at Monkey Forest to the conservation of these endangered monkeys. The first years Conservation Week helped to raise a brilliant £1765.55, and we hope Octobers event will exceed this wonderful figure to help towards the protection of Barbary macaques. This year we are delighted we have had 6 valuable additions to the species, and hope you will support us in this ongoing commitment.
To find out more about Monkey Forests commitment to conservation visit the website (Link: http://www.trentham-monkey-forest.com/conservation.php?id_cat=2&id_sub_cat=9 ). You can also find out more about the organisation we support by visiting the MPC website (link: http://mpcfoundation.nl/) and the University of Lincolns The Barbary macaque project page (link: http://barbarymacaque.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/ ).