A new App on the Rock’s Barbary Macaque was launched in April by Gibraltar’s Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, Dr. John Cortes. The initiative is part of the ongoing Macaque Awareness Programme spearheaded by the Dr. Cortes’ Department. The Gib Macaque App has been carefully designed in collaboration with the Gibraltar Ornithological & Natural History Society (GONHS), the Gibraltar Veterinary Clinic and Monkey Talk Gibraltar. It provides ample information on one of Gibraltar’s flagship species such as the history of our Barbary Macaques, their ecology and behaviour as well as how people should behave around them to better co-exist.
One of the innovative features included in the app is the integration of an Augmented Reality Macaque Quiz. This feature allows users to learn about our macaques through play. Members of the public of all ages are encouraged to download the app and learn more about these fascinating animals, which are not only an asset, but also an inherent part of Gibraltarian culture.
The Gib Macaque App is currently available on Android from the Google Play store and will soon be available for iOS platforms from Apple’s App Store. For more info, visit the Department’s Thinking Green website (www.thinkinggreen.gov.gi) or the Thinking Green Gibraltar Facebook page.