Rock of Gilbraltar

Rock Apes, Gibraltar

The Rock of Gibraltar, on the south coast of Spain, juts between the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea forming a narrow strait between Africa and Europe. The picture to the left is taken from Spain.

The only free-ranging monkeys in Europe inhabit dens in high reaches on the rock.. How the monkeys got to Gibraltar is unknown, but according to legend, Gibraltar will fall from British rule if the monkeys cease to exist on the rock.

At the end of World War II, the number of monkeys in Gibraltar had dwindled to three. To save Gibraltar, Winston Churchill ordered the import of Barbary macaques from Morocco to replenish and maintain the monkey population.

Today the Barbary macaques are the peninsula’s most famous, friendliest, and at times fiercest residents.

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