Photo Friday: The Barbary Apes of Gibraltar

by Janis on October 29, 2010

One of Gibralter’s famous Barbary Apes at the top of The Rock.

A 7-minute cable car ride transports you to the top of “The Rock” of Gibraltar. Besides stunning views, the Rock is known for being home to Europe’s only Barbary Macaque population of tailless monkeys. Locally, the monkeys are referred to as Barbary Apes.

According to popular legend, Gibraltar will remain under British rule as long the Barbary Apes exist on Gibraltar.

The monkeys are featured in the popular Stieg Larsson novel, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest.

Read about our visit to Gibraltar here.

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