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After lockdown lessons, vet calls for distanced approach to macaque tourism

NO MORE OF THIS: Touching, feeding and interacting with macaques is a common sight in the Upper Rock nature reserve, despite being a criminal offence. Now, an experienced vet who works with the animals says the approach must change. Photo by Johnny Bugeja

In common with humans, lockdown gave Gibraltar’s macaques a quiet life, with fewer visitors to the Upper Rock giving them plenty of room to roam as nature intended. But those peaceful times are over and as the tourist sector picks up, even if slowly, a seasoned veterinary surgeon who works with the macaque management team...

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