Sulawesi Crested Black Macaque
The macaques are native to primary and secondary tropical rainforest on the island of Sulawesi, as well as some of the smaller islands in the Philippines.
Their diet is made up mainly of fruit and buds but they will also eat insects and eggs. They have large cheek pouches that can hold roughly the same amount of food as their stomach.
The species lives in groups called troops, which can be made up of 5-25 individuals. The primates have entirely black faces and bodies, except for the bright pink, leathery, hairless pads on their bottoms.
Females advertise their fertility to the dominant male with swollen pink bottoms. After a gestation of around 5-6 months a single infant is born.
International trade in the species has been prohibited, and attempts to protect habitat and raise awareness on the species in the Philippines is going well.
Newquay Zoo contributes directly to Selamatkan Yaki. This is a conservation and awareness project which aims to highlight the need to protect the species on the island of Sulawesi. We also contribute to the captive breeding programme for the species.
- Latin Name: Macaca nigra
- Class: Mammals
- Order: Primates
- Family: Cercopithecidae
- Conservation Status: Critically Endangered
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