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Sulawesi Crested Macaque

Zoo Location: Forest
Sulawesi Crested Macaque
Habitat

Tropical forest and mangrove swamps.

Wild Diet

Bark, roots, bulbs, fruit and leaves; also, insects and other invertebrates, small reptiles and birds’ eggs.

Behaviour

Sulawesi crested macaques live in small groups on the forest floor. They signal to one another by using a variety of calls, facial expressions and by raising and lowering their crests.

Breeding

A single youngster is born after a gestation period of 5-6 months.

Threats

Hunting for food and habitat destruction.

Conservation

These monkeys are included in a European Endangered species Programme (EEP). They live in one small part of the island of Sulawesi and nowhere else in the world and their conservation status has recently gone from Endangered to Critically Endangered. The Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust works with the Selamatkan Yaki! Save Sulawesi macaques! project to raise awareness and take practical measures to protect this monkey in the wild.   

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INFORMATION

  • Latin Name: Macaca nigra
  • Class: Mammals
  • Order: Primates
  • Family: Cercopithecidae
  • Conservation status: Critically Endangered
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