The Lion-tailed Macaque (Macaca silenus) is an Old World monkey that lives only in the Western Ghats of South India.
Only approximately 2,500 of these animals live scattered over several areas in Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The Lion-tailed Macaque ranks among the rarest and most threatened primates. Their range has become increasingly isolated and fragmented by the spread of agriculture and tea, coffee, teak and cinchona, construction of water reservoirs for irrigation and power generation, and human settlements to support such activities. They don't live, feed or travel through plantations. Destruction of their habitat and the fact that they avoid human proximity, has led to the drastic decrease of their population.
Captured @ Blijdorp Zoo, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Explore Highest #11 on Dec 04, 2008.