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Apes Den, Gibraltar

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#2 of 18 in Wildlife in Gibraltar
See the Rock's most famous inhabitants, Barbary macaques, at Apes Den. This small population of the only free-roaming primates in Europe came from North Africa long before the British did. Still, somehow a popular local legend has it that these two groups, if they ever leave, will leave together. These tailless monkeys (not apes) like to interact with humans, although they can be dangerous if irritated or scared. Used to being fed by people, the monkeys will use any opportunity to snatch food from your hands or open bags, so keep your belongings close. Before you head to Gibraltar, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Gibraltar route builder website, to make sure you see all that Gibraltar has to offer, including Apes Den.
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  • Loved the fact that this was an area providing food for the wild apes, when we were there we didn't see any apes but walking a mile or so down the road we bumped into several. So don't expect this...  more »
  • Loved seeing the apes, they are always interesting. I love taking photos, but I still see what you would think by now, people would know better not to do. Do not get too close to any wild animal...  more »
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  • One of the highlights of my journey to Gibraltar. I suggest taking a small bus tour up because it gives you the best bang for your buck. The monkeys are very calm, very use to the people and will do tricks for some of the tour guides that they are familiar with. It’s important to remember not to feed the monkeys yourself, and don’t reach out to pet or touch them because they will bite you.
  • Amazing experience, the apes and very calm and used to people. The babies are incredibly cute! One of the highlights of our trip for sure! Worth the ticket price (5 Euro) and beautiful hike!
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