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.