James the macaque

common nameconservation status
 Celebes crested macaque, crested black macaque, Sulawesi crested macaque, or the black apeCritically Endangered (CR)
scientific namesize
Macaca nigra 44-60 cms
familyweigh
Cercopithecidae 3,6-10,4 kg
orderlifespan
 PrimatesUp to 34 years in captivity, 18 in the wild.
class gestation period
Mammalia5 to 6 months
 population diet
100,000 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.

Did you know...

1.

It is one of the smaller existing macaque species.

 

2.

They are entirely black, with the exception of some white hair areas in the shoulder range and its striking reddish-brown eyes.

 

3.

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

 

4.

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

 

5.

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

 

6.

They live together in groups of 27-97 individuals.

7.

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

 

8.

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

 

9.

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.

 

10.

Its unique characteristic, referred to by this species’ name, is the crest of hair they have at the top of the head.

 

11.

Males of this species are considerably larger than females.

 

12.

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

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