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"If nothing is done, this species will disappear within 10 years," warns a poster on Ahmed Harrad's aging 4x4 showing Morocco's famed Barbary macaque monkey.Harrad spends his time crisscrossing northern Morocco to try to convince locals to protect the endangered monkey.Having disappeared from Libya and Tunisia, it is now restricted to mountainous regions of Algeria and Morocco's northern Rif region. Another semiwild population of about 200 individuals in Gibraltar are the only free-ranging monkeys in Europe.In response, Morocco has launched a campaign to save the species.Seen as quiet and cute when it is young, the adult monkey can become a burden, Harrad said.While the macaques are hard to spot in the wilds of Morocco's Rif, some individuals in the forests of the Middle Atlas are tame, attracting tourists.
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