The Celebes Crested Macaque lives on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. It has a very impressive face that looks like a Moai statue with a Mohican hairstyle. Loss of habitat and meat hunting threatens their existence today.
Body length: 45-56cm
Tail length: 2-4cm
(Source: Doubutsu Sekai-isan* Red Data Animals Kodansha) (*World Animal Heritage)
The Celebes Crested Macaque lives in the forests of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. Some were moved to the nearby island of Halmahera.
The Celebes Crested Macaque likes to eat fruits, and soft tree leaves.
Although they look entirely black, their buttocks are actually pink. Of the group of longtailed monkeys that live on the island of Sulawesi, the Celebes Crested Macaque lives in groups, sometimes of more than 100 animals.
Gentle in spite of their threatening looks.
There are seven species of monkeys belonging to the Macaca genus that live on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. The most famous of these is the Celebes Crested Macaque. The Celebes Crested Macaque is famous because of their unmistakable appearance. Their tall noses and bushy eyebrows make them look like a Moai statue from Easter Island. And their hair looks like a Mohican hairstyle which gives them an even scarier appearance. However, the only thing threatening about them is their face. The Celebes Crested Macaque is actually a rather gentle animal.
Only one-fifth remain...
There is another reason why they are famous. Of the seven Macaca species, the Celebes Crested Macaque is critically endangered. One cause for this is meat hunting. As shameful as it is, poaching remains a problem, even in designated sanctuaries on the island of Sulawesi. Another reason is loss of forest resulting from the growing human population. Experts say that the population of Celebes Crested Macaque has shrunk to less than one-fifth than previously over the last 40 years.
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