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Operation: Monkey Hunting

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Today I went to Azrou with Nikita, Candace, and Wendy. Our goal was to succeed at monkey hunting! When we arrived to Azrou we explored the city and gazed at the view of the town surrounded by mountains. We then began to hike up a mountain to follow the crowd of people trying to make it to the peek. However, 3/4ths of the way to the top we heard whistles blowing at us. We turned around, disappointed that we didn't make it to the peek, and realized that what we were doing was actually illegal.


As we looked around for the Cedar Forest, where the Barbary monkeys live, we had no idea what direction to head in. So we decided to ask the police officer, who whistled at us to get off the rock mountain, how we should go about getting there. Eventually, we met the entire police force and they took us under their wing. About two and a half hours later we finally got into a car and headed toward the Cedar Forest!

When we arrived to the forest, it was jam packed with people sledding down the mountains and playing in the snow. The street was only made for one car, yet cars were parked on the side and two-way traffic still, somehow, proceeded. When we almost reached the Cedar Forest we were told that the road is blocked off due to the snow and that we had to turn around. We were disappointed after going through all that trouble and not getting to see any monkeys! But then, at that moment, I looked at a tree and saw a little Barbary macaque sitting in one of the trees! It was destiny!
Wendy, Candace, Nikita, and I got out of the car instantly and went to see the monkeys. They were everywhere! We even got to feed them apple slices.


All in all, this weekend has been perfect and I have fallen in love with Fes and Azrou!


Posted by htoberman 15:07 Archived in Morocco Tagged azrou cedar_forest barbary_macaque

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