Celebes Crested Macaque - Macaca Nigra
Celebes Crested Macaque - Macaca Nigra

About the macaque.

It is one of the smallest existing macaque species.


They are entirely black, with the exception of some white areas around their shoulders and their striking reddish-brown eyes.


These are diurnal, terrestrial animals (they spend 60% of the day on the ground).


At night they return to the trees to sleep and occasionally during the day to search for food.


They are hunted as if they were a pest because they devastate plantations and crops. This, along with deforestation, threatens this critically endangered species.


They live together in groups of 27-97 individuals.


Each group of celebes crested macaque shares an area of 114-320 hectares.


They have a very short tail of only 2 cm. Because of this, they are sometimes wrongfully identified as an ape, but they belong to the monkey family.


Infants grow into fully mature adults in 3 or 4 years, when females become part of the group where they were born and males leave to find another group.


Their name refers to the crest of hair they have at the top of the head.


Males of this species are considerably larger than females.


These animals have no predators in their natural environment. They are endemic animals and they only inhabit the islands of Indonesia.

Celebes crested Macaque, detail portrait of black monkey, sitting in the nature habitat, dark tropical forest, wildlife from Asian Tangkoko on Sulawesi in Indonesia. By Ondrej Prosicky | Shutterstock.com
Celebes crested Macaque, detail portrait of black monkey, sitting in the nature habitat, dark tropical forest, wildlife from Asian Tangkoko on Sulawesi in Indonesia. By Ondrej Prosicky | Shutterstock.com
COMMON NAMECONSERVATION STATUS
Celebes crested macaque, crested black macaque, Sulawesi crested macaque, or the black ape.Critically endangered
SCIENTIFIC NAMESIZE
Macaca nigra44-60 cms
FAMILYWEIGHT
Cercopithecidae3,6-10,4 kg
ORDERLIFESPAN
PrimatesUp to 34 years in captivity, 18 in the wild.
CLASSGESTATION PERIOD
Mammalia5 to 6 months
POPULATIONDIET
100,000 individuals approx.They are fruitarian, but they also eat young leaves, arthropods and tender plant twigs.
HABITATRANGE
They inhabit tropical rainforests at moderate elevations.This species is found in the northeast of Sulawesi, Indonesia and the adjacent islands Pulau Manado Tua and Pulau Talise.
Black macaques. By Edwin Butter | Shutterstock.com
Black macaques. By Edwin Butter | Shutterstock.com
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