Lion Tail Macaque

Also known as the Wanderoo, the Lion-tailed Macaque is native to the Western Ghat area of India. They are arboreal, spending most of their lives in the upper canopy of tropical moist evergreen forests.

Lion-tailed Macaques are recognized by their long silver-white mane and glossy black coat. Males weigh between 5 and 10 kg (11 and 22 lbs). Females are slightly smaller.

Their food consists largely of fruit as well as leaves, buds, insects, small vertebrates and occasionally eggs. They travel in troops of up to about 24 consisting of a male, several females and their offspring.

Lion Tail Macaque @ Safari Niagara

  • Safari Niagara is home to one lion-tailed macaque at this time.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Cercopithecidae
Genus: Macaca
Species: M. silenus

Did you know?

  • There are less than 4 000 Lion-tailed Macaques left in the wild.
  • They are confined to 47 isolated subpopulations in 7 locations in southern India.
  • The greatest threats to their survival are loss of habitat and hunting.