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
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
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.