Lion-tailed macaques One of the most communicative and expressive mammals
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Type mammal
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Size 42-61cm
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Weight 2-10kg
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Diet omnivore

Lion-tailed macaque

Macaca silenus
  • Summary

    Bristol Zoo is home to five lion-tailed macaques; endangered primates from India.

    The lion-tailed macaques name is derived from its long tail, which has a tassel at the end like that of a lion. 

    Each group has a single leading male which, in the wild, will disperse at the onset of maturity to live in bachelor groups. 

  • Dietary

    Lion-tailed macaques are omnivores.

    Our lion-tailed macaques eat a variety of fruit and vegetables, sunflower seeds, granary bread, peanuts and special primate dietary supplement pellets.

  • Habitat

    In the wild, lion-tailed macaques live in tropical dry forest and tropical rainforest in India. They spend most of their time high up in the trees of the dense, wet forests.

    species range map

  • Conservation

    In the past, lion-tailed macaques have been hunted for their meat and fur, resulting in the species being listed as Endangered with less than 2,500 individuals left in the wild.

    There are now about 400 in zoos, most of which have been born in human care. As with so many mammals, currently the main threat in the wild is destruction of their habitat.

    Bristol Zoo is actively involved in conserving a population in human care.

    Red List Status Endangered

    Red List Status Endangered

    IUCN Red List species link

  • Did you know...

    Lion-tailed macaques have handy cheek pouches for quick and easy sustenance storage. They routinely employ these convenient and roomy pouches to keep their valuable findings away and safe from the prying eyes and grasps of others.

  • Where to find us at Bristol Zoo

    You can find our lion-tailed macaques inside Monkey Jungle, next to The Hide Café Restaurant

    Bristol Zoo Gardens map with Monkey Jungle

     

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