BMAC, or Barbary Macaque Awareness and Conservation, is based in northern Morocco and the UK, and has several volunteers worldwide. Its mission statement:
‘This interdisciplinary conservation project focuses on the Barbary macaque (Macaca sylvanus) as a flagship species for the threatened flora, fauna and fungi of the ecosystems of northern Morocco. The project is collecting scientific data and raising awareness about the macaques whilst simultaneously developing programmes which benefit local people and their domestic animals. The overall goal of this project is to safeguard the future of the Barbary macaque, its habitats, and the livelihoods of the local communities.’
As Research and Development Officer for BMAC, I have spent a lot of time getting to know (and falling in love with) the work we do and the places in which we do it, and I hope that my writing on the subject can bring the project to the emotional fore for those who read it.