Stump-tailed Macaque

(Macaca arctoides)

 

Size:

Males-22lbs. Females-16-20lbs.

Longevity:

Can live about 20 years in the wild.

Population in the  Wild:

 

Family Life:

Live in troops of about 30 individuals

Habitat:

Live in primary rainforests of Southeast Asia

Locomotion:

Spend time in tress but primarily on the ground

What they eat:

Omnivores, and use cheek pouches to store food. 

Closest Relatives:

Related to other macaque monkeys, like Rhesus, Japanese, and Pig-tail.

Relationship with humans:

 

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Fun Fact:

 

Stump-tailed macaque babies are born white, and as stump-tailed macaques age, they often begin to lose their hair, males and females alike. Their light pink faces darken to red with age, and often they develop dark blotchy marks on their skin.

 

Conservation Status:

Stump-tailed macaques are found in Southern China and Southeast Asia. Stump-tails are very vulnerable to habitat loss, their very strong preference for primary growth rainforest means that disturbed habitat will not be suitable for groups of these monkeys. They are sometimes hunted for food, medicine, and because they are seen as pests, as they tend to destroy crops while looking for food.

What is being done now?

Some areas of prime habitat in India have been set aside for conservation, in hopes that the stump-tailed macaques numbers with continue to grow. Often these areas are large enough and relatively undisturbed, making poaching difficult.

What should be done in the future?

The stump-tail macaques future conservation hinges on educating people about the importance of this unique species, and continuing to protect large swaths of primary rainforest and eliminate poaching threats so that their numbers have a chance to rebound.  

 

Content provided by Canisius College students under the direction of Michael Noonan, PhD.