The Monkey visited Gibraltar, the British overseas territory at the mouth of the Mediterranean, in May of 1996. He spent only a brief time there, mostly in scaling the mass of the famous Rock of Gibraltar, where he encountered some primate relatives.
The Monkey and the Rock.
The Monkey encounters one of the so-called Gibraltar apes that inhabit part of the Rock’s slope. These barbary macaques are the only wild primates in Europe, and a superstition holds that once they disappear, so too will British control of Gibraltar.
Far below you can make out some of Gibraltar’s docks and a ship heading out to sea.
A multilingual warning sign up on the Rock. Behind the Monkey you can just make out a bit of the town of Gibraltar itself, which the Monkey only stopped in long enough for a pub lunch and a pint. Technically, the Monkey is not an ape, so you don’t need to worry about feeding him, except for the fact that he can be a bit of a food snob.
The Monkey gets into the swing of things with a pair of the Gibraltar apes.
The Monkey spots a bit of (almost illegible in this photo) Gibraltar curiosity. The plaque reads:
On this site H.M. Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh together with their Royal Highnesses Princess Anne and Prince Charles made friends with the apes on the 10th May 1954.
Another view of the Rock of Gibraltar, which has a British military installation on top used for monitoring the Mediterranean. The tarmac behind the Monkey is actually Gibraltar’s airstrip, which you must cross between airplanes to enter the town.
The Monkey dives for cover as a rather large ape gets a little too close for comfort.
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