Pipa is a victim of the illegal trafficking of exotic species.
Her move was intercepted by the authorities in Valencia,Spain, when she was found hidden in a shoebox in a car returning from Morocco on her way to be sold as a pet.
Pipa arrived here at six or seven months old and was the second macaque to be rescued by MONA. Since childhood she showed a strong character and the caregivers nicknamed her “the snitch” because with vocalisations she always warned Katy (the dominant female at the time) when the other macaques of lower status were trying to eat. Unlike all the other macaques, Pipa has never shown stress and anxiety behaviours.
When in 2009 Abu arrived, she attacked him on many occasions and used him to send messages to Katy. Finally one day Katy surrendered her position and since then Pipa has been the absolute leader.
Pipa is the only one in the group who lives a quiet, easy life because of her strong position and very dominant control. In contrast to how she treats her group, she is the least aggressive of all with the caregivers.
Visually she is well distinguished from others because she has more hair and looks more beautiful.
GROUP AND SITUATION
Pipa belongs to the only group of macaques living permanently in MONA. Formed by two females and two males, of which she is the leader.
They are of the species Macaca sylvanus, the only genus Macaca that lives in Africa and the only primate, apart from Homo sapiens living in Europe (Gibraltar).
- She loves to be groomed while she lies down and relaxes.
- Her favourite foods are bread, apple and dandelion leaves.
- When Pipa is relating with others she is strangely silent, even when going to attack.
- When she has hunted and caught a shrew, she carries and grooms it for a few days.
- When she moves through the enclosure, everyone else is monitoring her from the corner of their eyes.