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Apes Den, Gibraltar

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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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  • Monkeys are definitely almost everywhere so there’s is a good chance you see at least 30! Be careful! Don’t visit the place with plastic bags bcs they will steal it! After they stole it, don’t go and ...  more »
  • A wonderful experience. Although it was very wet the apes did interact whilst feeding. I was very pleased to hear that contraceptive gel is applied to the females and the Islanders a few years back vo...  more »
  • You cannot miss the monkeys, they are everywhere, great to see them so at ease surrounded by humans, just don't produce anything that might be edible as they will have no hesitation in tearing it out ...  more »
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  • One of a kind experience. I would do it again. The best time to visit is early morning (first cable car ride), as the monkeys would be having breakfast and that is a scene you don't want to miss. Priceless. A 6 minute ride with the cable car takes you directly to the Apes Den where famous Gibraltarian monkeys live. 18£ ride is worth every penny as the monkeys, The Barbary Macaques, are very lovely and used to people. Try not to make contact to the babies if they don't approach you because mothers tend to be overprotective and attack. Keep the sun glasses off as they might steal them and do not bring anything in plastic bags as they associate them with food. It is an offence to feed them. Highly recommended.
  • The Apes Den is a location part of the way up the Rock of Gibraltar where the Barbary Apes tend to hang out. You have to love the apes as they split their time between basking in the sun, and stealing food from unsuspecting tourists. You should never feed them as they are wild animals so pay attention if you're eating a snack (better still don't eat anything near them) - they are very good at surprising people so that they drop whatever they're eating and the apes can then grab it. Great views over the sea from the Den as well.
  • World famous. You either love the apes or hate them. They are wild animals and they do bite. Do not feed the apes.
  • Super cool but monkeys can be mean!!!
  • Lots of fun. Worth to visit.
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