National animal of Gibraltar is Barbary Macaque. It’s a rare animal. Especially it’s found outside of Asia. Gibraltar’s National Animalbarbary macaque is also known as the Barbary ape, or magot. It’s also found in in the Atlas Mountains of Algeria and Morocco. It’s the species of a wild monkey alongside genus Macaca. On the other hand, it is known as monos as locally. The barbary Macaque is very friendly and beneficial for mankind. They’re helpful for the people of Gibraltar. Notably, the barbary macaque is very much liked by the tourist comes in Gibraltar. They give the company of the tourist.
Most of the time they have seen to climb onto people. Though some people are frightened of them. But they never harm the people. On the other hand, they teach people to become independent. Sometimes you can see they are teaching you about how to find a place or how to take food. It’s so amazing. For this reason, the national symbol of Gibraltar is barbary macaque. For their friendly attitude and peace loving animal it is considered as the national animal symbol of Gibraltar.
Facts about Gibraltar’s National Animal (Barbary Macaque)
- Scientific Name : Macacasylvanus
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Class: Mammalia
- Order: Primates
- Family: Cercopithecidae
- Species: M. sylvanus
- Genus: Macaca
- Known As: ape, magot
- Type: Mammal
- Diet: Carnivore
- Size (H): 38cm – 55cm (15 inch – 22 inch)
- Weight: 3kg – 9kg (7lbs – 20lbs)
- Top Speed: 48km/h (30mph)
- Lifespan: 15 – 30 years
- Habitat: Rainforest and tropical jungle
This amazing monkey’s size goes near about 15 inch to 22 inch. Similarly, their weight stays among 3kg to 9kg. On the other hand, they can run 48/km per hour. Their lifespan never crosses 15 to 30 years. Their favorite food is Fruit, Young Leaves, and Seeds. They like to stay tropical forest and rainforest area.
In one word, the barbary macaque is the beneficial animal for the people of Gibraltar. For their innocent looking and attitude they are considered as the national animal of Gibraltar.