The stump-tailed macaque

Context: The Delhi Zoo has recently introduced a new animal species, the stump-tailed macaque, to its collection.

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About The stump-tailed macaque 

  • It is also called the bear macaque, is a species of macaque native to South Asia and Southeast Asia.
  • In India, it found in evergreen forests in South Asia, including parts of Northeast India in forests south of the Brahmaputra.
  • Its range in India extends from Assam and Meghalaya to eastern Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura.
  • It is primarily frugivorous, but eats many types of vegetation, such as seeds, leaves and roots, but also hunts freshwater crabs, frogs, bird eggs and insects. 
  • The stump-tailed macaque has long, thick, dark brown fur covering its body, but its face and its short tail, are hairless.
  • Infants are born white and darken as they mature. As they age, their bright pink or red faces darken to brown or nearly black and lose most of their hair.
  • Males are larger than females.
  • It is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of species.
Source: The Hindu

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