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  • English name
    Lion-tailed Macaque
  • ClassificationPrimates, Cercopithecidae
  • Scientific nameMacaca silenus

Lion-tailed Macaque
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The Lion-tailed Macaque has a mane of hair and a tail that make it look like a lion. It is endangered because its forest habitat is being turned into farmland.

Size & Weight (Adult)

Body length: Male 51-61cm / Female 46cm
Tail length: Male 25.4-38.6cm / Female 25.4-32cm
Weight: Male 5-10kg / Female 3-6kg

(Source: Doubutsu Sekai-isan* Red Data Animals Kodansha) (*World Animal Heritage)

Where they live

The Lion-tailed Macaque lives in forested areas in the Western Ghats, a mountain range in southwest India.

What they eat

The Lion-tailed Macaque likes fruit and nuts, but also eats insects.

What they are like

The males of Lion-tailed Macaque troops defend their territory with loud cries. In this respect, they are similar to lions.

Find out more about the Lion-tailed Macaque!

A monkey that looks like a lion!
The Lion-tailed Macaque is an Old World monkey that lives in India. It has a magnificent mane of hair around its face that makes it look like a lion. It gets its name from its tail, which has a tuft of fur at the end, just like a lion's tail. Unfortunately, like the lion, it is also in danger of extinction.

Endangered by disappearing forests and hunting
The biggest threat facing the Lion-tailed Macaque is deforestation due to logging. Its habitat is rapidly being converted into farmland. Compared to other monkeys to which it is closely related, the Lion-tailed Macaque requires a wider area of forest to live. Additionally, logging leads to a scarcity of the fruit on which the monkeys feed, which is particularly devastating. Moreover, in some areas Lion-tailed Macaques are caught for use as pets and are hunted for food. There are now only 2,000 Lion-tailed Macaques left in existence.


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