: The barbary macaques in Gibraltar are the only wild monkeys in Europe.
Abb. 1: The barbary macaques in Gibraltar are the only wild monkeys in Europe.
Listen to the podcast about the history of Gibraltar and the Monkeys living there.
While you are listening, answer the questions below using 1 to 5 words.
During the VERA you will be able to hear the recording only once.
How big is Gibraltar?
Gibraltar is 7 square kilometer big.
When did the British started ruling over Gibraltar?
The British are ruling over Gibraltar since 1704.
When did people from North Africa started living in Spain?
Between 700 and 1400 people from North Africa started living in Spain.
How many monkeys are living in Gibraltar today?
Today 300 monkeys are living in Gibraltar.
Are you allowed to feed the monkeys?
No, you are not allowed to feed the monkeys.
On the southern tip of Spain is a 7 squarekilometer big area known as Gibraltar. This spot and its population of 32.500 people are ruled over by the English parlament. Sounds strange, right?
In 1704 the British took over this part of Spain and have stayed since.
But the monkeys were there already before the British arrived. They most likely came to the island between 700 and 1400 when people from North Africa started living in Spain.
They kept them as pets and after a while some escaped their owners. These few monkeys started the monkey population in Gibraltar.
As the British arrived in 1704 people started to tell a story about the monkeys. They said, as long as the monkeys are living in Gibraltar, the British will be ruling over it.
In 1942 there were only 7 monkeys left. So the British brought monkeys from Marocco and Algeria to Gibraltar. Since then the population has grown again and today we are counting 300 monkeys living on the rocks around Gibraltar.
Many people come to Gibraltar to see the monkeys. Because the monkeys are used to seeing people, they walk to the tourists. Still, one should not get to close to the monkeys or even feed them.
If they get used to getting food from people they will stop living in the wild and go to towns to get food there. Therefore, it is not allowed to feed the monkeys.
If you ever come to Gibraltar, make sure to take a look at them.