Macaque Monkeys

Macaque Monkeys

With 23 established species of macaque monkeys, this group of primates has considerable variety. The tails come in all lengths from long to medium to short and finally no tail at all. The range of macaque monkeys is quite broad including Asia, North Africa and southern Europe. Each troop has a strict, hierarchical structure, giving a lot of power to those at the top. Bullying occurs, taking food away from those in lesser positions and even infant-stealing. Highly intelligent, macaque monkeys are often used in scientific experiments. They are not recommended as pets since these monkeys can carry diseases fatal to humans.

Videos of Macaque Monkeys: Here’s a 2.5-minute BBC video showing a youngster learning troup hierarchy. Here’s a 3.5-minute video of baby macaque monkeys at play.

FunFacts about Macaque Monkeys: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: The macaques constitute a genus (Macaca) of gregarious Old World monkeys of the subfamily Cercopithecinae. The 23 species of macaques inhabit ranges throughout Asia, North Africa, and (in one instance) Gibraltar. Macaques are principally frugivorous, although their diet also includes seeds, leaves, flowers, and tree bark. Some species, such as the crab-eating macaque, subsist on a diet of invertebrates and occasionally small vertebrates. (Source)
  • The southern pig-tailed macaques in Malaysia eat about 70 large rats each per year.
  • All macaque social groups are matriarchal, arranged around dominant females.
  • Macaque monkeys are highly adaptable. Some have learned to live with humans.
  • Macaques on the island of Mauritius and in the Silver Springs State Park in Florida are actually considered invasive.
  • Some macaques can carry diseases fatal to humans.
  • Macaques are the most wide-spread primate genus and can be found in Southern Europe, Africa, India and much of Asia.
  • A colony of barbary macaques lives on the Rock of Gibraltar in Southern Europe.
  • The tail length varies with macaques from long to absent and a variety in-between.
  • Size of macaques, quote: Males from all species can range from 41 to 70 cm (16 to 28 inches) in head and body length, and in weight from 5.5 to 18 kg (12.13 to 39.7 lb).Females can range from a weight of 2.4 to 13 kg (5.3 to 28.7 lb). (Source)
  • Though able to swim, macaques spend most of their time on the ground and in trees.
  • Macaques have large pouches in their cheeks which they use to carry food.
  • Macaques are highly intelligent and adults tend to be bad tempered.
  • Macaques are unsuitable as pets, quote: Nearly all (73–100%) pet and captive rhesus macaques are carriers of the herpes B virus. This virus is harmless to macaques, but infections of humans, while rare, are potentially fatal, a risk that makes macaques unsuitable as pets. (Source)

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