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MONKEYING AROUND IN FORM 6

Monkey Forest 16 Trip 008

On Thursday, Form Six were taken to Trentham Monkey Forest near Stoke as part of their learning on Endangered Species in Geography this Summer.

It was a beautifully warm day and the monkeys (Barbary Macaques) were making the most of it. Pupils were enthralled to see the monkeys playing together, eating, swinging, climbing and even nit-picking on their adventure through the forest.

Barbary Macaques are a critically-endangered species that are in real threat of becoming extinct through deforestation, and people buying them as pets. They are a very sociable group of primates who share the caring of their children and rely on a rigid hierarchy to determine who commands the tribe. Several pupils got a taste of this tribal order when they were caught in the cross-fire of two tribes of male Macaques who got a little too close to each others territory. We were told to stand very still and speak quietly until the monkeys had settled their differences.

Pupils were exceptionally well-behaved and parents will be glad to hear that because of this, no children were misplaced with the Macaques and taken home.

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