Cynomolgus Monkey

This is my all time favourite photo I have ever taken.

 

Unfortunately my harddrive crashed soon after forever erasing my only high resolution copy. :(

 

Taken at the cave temple of Batu Caves, just outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

 

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Learn about the Cynomolgus Monkey:

The Crab-eating Macaque (Macaca fascicularis) is a primarily arboreal macaque native to Southeast Asia. It is also called the Cynomolgus Monkey and the Long-tailed Macaque.

 

Kingdom:Animalia

Phylum:Chordata

Class:Mammalia

Order:Primates

Family:Cercopithecidae

Genus:Macaca

Species:M. fascicularis

 

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Learn more about the Batu Caves:

Batu Caves is a limestone hill, which has a series of caves and cave temples, located in Gombak district, 13 km north of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It takes its name from the Sungai Batu or Batu River, which flows past the hill. Batu Caves is also the name of the nearby village.

 

The cave is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, dedicated to Lord Muruga. It is the focal point of the annual Thaipusam festival in Malaysia and attracts over more than 1.5 million pilgrims, making it one of the largest gatherings in history.

 

There are various undeveloped caves which contain a diverse range of cave fauna, including some unique species, such as Liphistiidae spiders and Eonycteris fruit bats. The site is also well known for its numerous macaque monkeys, which visitors feed — sometimes involuntarily.

 

-Added to the Cream of the Crop pool as my personal favorite.

 

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Taken on May 22, 2005