Knights of the Rainforests

The lion-tailed macaque (Macaca silenus), or the wanderoo is an Old World monkey that is endemic to the Western Ghats of South India.

The natural habitat of the Lion-tailed macaque comprises of tropical dry forest and tropical rainforests of India.

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Lion-tailed macaques spend most of their time on trees and are excellent swimmers.

One of its unique features is its silver-white mane, which stretches on from the cheeks to the chin, while surrounding the head. This mane has led to the macaque being named as the ‘Bear Ape’ also.

Lion-tailed macaques are territorial in nature and defend the area they believe to be theirs.

The diet of a Lion-tailed macaque comprises of indigenous fruits, leaves, buds, insects, small vertebrates and invertebrates.

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