Lion-tailed macaque

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Lion-tailed macaque[1]
Lion-tailed Macaque.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Cercopithecidae
Genus: Macaca
Binomial name
Macaca silenus
(Linnaeus, 1758)
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Lion-tailed Macaque range

The lion-tailed macaque (Macaca silenus) is an Old World monkey. It lives in the Western Ghats mountains of India.

Lion-tailed macaque in Anamalai hills

The hair of the Lion-tailed macaque is dark-brown or black. There is a black tuft at the end of the tail, similar to a lion's tail. With a head-to-tail length of 45 to 60 cm and a weight of 3 to 10 kg, it is one of the smaller macaques.

It is a diurnal animal, active during the day. It lives in the rainforest dweller. It is a good climber and spends most of its life in the upper branches. Unlike other macaques, it avoids humans.

The lion-tailed macaque is one if the rarest primates. Many zoos take part in breeding programs to help this species survive. 368 of these Macaque are reported to live in zoos.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Groves, Colin (16 November 2005). Wilson, D. E., and Reeder, D. M. (eds). ed. Mammal Species of the World (3rd edition ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 164. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. http://www.bucknell.edu/msw3/browse.asp?id=12100561.
  2. Kumar, A., Singh, M. & Molur, S. (2008). Macaca silenus. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2008. Retrieved on 4 January 2009.
  3. Lion-tailed Macaque "Article - World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), Virtual Zoo"" Check |url= value (help). 

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