Lamine Mohamed Benrabah, a MRes student working on a joint project run by the Schools of Psychology and of Life Sciences, has been awarded a prestigious conservation grant from the Primate Society of Great Britain. This grant will fund a second season of data collection to estimate the size of the population of Barbary macaques (Macaca sylvanus) in Algeria. This project is extremely important as we know virtually nothing on the number of monkeys left in the wild in Algeria: the last population survey was conducted more than 30 years ago. Data collected for this project will be used to update the population estimates and conservation status of the Barbary macaque, an endangered primate species whose population size has dramatically decreased in the last few years. As such, this project is going to have an important impact on conservation strategies for this species.
Well done Lamine!