AAP Animal Advocacy and Protection leads the project in close collaboration with IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare). IFAW coordinated all activities in Morocco, AAP organized all activities in Europe (i.e. Spain and Italy). AAP and IFAW also have various partners, the most important of which are:
- Moroccan authorities (national, regional and local)
- Spanish authorities (national, regional and local)
- Eurogroup for Animals (Brussels)
- Asociación Nacional para la Defensa de los Animales (ANDA, Spain)
- Lega Anti Vivisezione (LAV, Italy)
- Travel organization TUI (Europe)
- All for Nature (Netherlands)
After the initial project period (2017-2020), IFAW ended the collaboration and AAP decided to continue the project independently. For this purpose, AAP Marocco was founded with the goal of a sustainable transfer of the project to the local communities and authorities.
National Postcode Lottery
Born to be Wild would not have been possible without the generous support of the participants of the National Postcode Lottery. AAP received over € 1.3 million euro's from the lottery in 2017 to realize this project to protect the Barbary macaque.
For the past three years, the scouts in the park have carefully monitored the group size of Barbary macaques. During the study in 2008, half of all young animals disappeared from the groups that lived closest to tourist areas. But now a growth can be seen. Compared to the 2008 census, the most affected groups have now more than doubled in number. That is a great result of all the work in Ifrane National Park.
During the first three years of Born to be Wild (2017-2020), an annual population growth of 9.5% per year is visible in the research data. That means that the monitored groups have grown by a total of 32% - an increase of 86 Barbary macaques. This number does not do justice to the actual impact, because different groups have split into two groups due to the growth. Some moved to new areas that are not studied and thus are not counted.
These figures do not do justice to the impressive stories behind the results. Like the time in November 2019, when an infant was poached from one of the habituated groups. The individuals who took it were identified, tracked and arrested. The monkey was brought to the police, and she was returned to her group in less than 24 hours. The poacher was fined 30000 dh (€ 3000). This case involved excellent communication and coordination between vendors in the national park who observed the event, Ifrane National Park authorities, Regional and National Forestry departments, police, and the Community Scout team.
The scouts have improved the cooperation between local authorities, thanks to our framework agreement with the wildlife conservation authorities in Morocco (Department of Water and Forests). In the field of illegal logging, promising results have been achieved and the local police is supported in various ways. Also, with the help of the fire department, numerous fires have been extinguished to prevent further habitat loss.