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Apes Den, Gibraltar

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#3 of 10 in Parks 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. With our custom trip planner, Gibraltar attractions like Apes Den can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • August 17, 2017
    The apes are very entrtaining to watch while they remove the fleas from each other. We were lucky to see some new babies which were very cute. The apes were introduced from Africa by the Moors.  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    I have to say that this has improved since my last visit (45 years ago!) however I am still nervous of the apes. Now that they are fed officially rather than relying on tourists for food, they pay far...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Great place. Lots of apes. beautiful views and nice walk to st Michael caves and other attractions. Nature trails. Don't take carrier bags as apes think you have food and will snatch it. Lovely bar wi...  more »

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