This time, however, with our trusty Funky Monkey Bus II, we find old tracks once built by the Spanish when they occupied this part of Morocco and exploited Bouhachem for its timber. These tracks take us deeper into the mountains and we camp in remote places. Me and my team, Ahmed, Mohamed and Ahmed, get up before the dawn, eat our breakfast and set off each with their own route to try and find the group we know occurs in the area we are surveying. When we find a group of macaques and manage to get some kind of count – even if it is only five individuals – we are all elated. It might mean we have to crouch in uncomfortable positions for an hour or more but if it means we get a result the discomfort doesn’t register. We hope that camera traps will help us determine the numbers of the groups living in steep sided rocky canyons as it is difficult to get a good idea of group size when we can only see a few group members among the thick vegetation growing in the canyon walls.