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Long-tailed Macaque

Long-tailed Macaque (DGFC) © Gilles Gatos
  • Found in many South-East Asian countries. Very common in the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Long-tailed macaques are easily recognisable as they often travel in large groups and jump between trees whilst foraging.
  • The long-tailed macaque has brown-grey fur, with a pale underside and tufty fur around the face. Juvenile macaques have black fur and are carried by their mothers under the body.
  • Their grey tails often hang balance whilst sitting. The tails are much longer in comparison to those of their relatives the pig-tailed macaque, Macaca nemestrina, which can also be found in the Kinabatangan and are most likely to be confused for the long-tailed macaque.
  • Long-tailed macaques travel in large groups, but solitary individuals can exist outside of these groups. The groups tend to have fewer males than females.
  • Long-tailed macaques are often seen to congregate in fruiting trees as their diet mainly consists of fruit and invertebrates.
  • They are easily spotted on the banks of the Kinabatangan River in the cool early morning and late evening where settling down for the night on tree branches by the river is common. When the muddy river-banks are visible, macaques search for food, including crabs. The long-tailed macaque is also known as the ‘crab-eating macaque’.