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Lion-tailed macaque

Macaca silenus


Listed as 'Endangered ' on IUCN red list.


Mainly arboreal, this species prefers the upper canopy of primary tropical evergreen rain forest. Interesting fact being only the alpha male and alpha female mate and the female gives birth once in 3 years. They face habitat destruction one of the reasons being due to roads and railways lines being built but cutting down the canopies these monkeys use. This results in them coming in contacts with vehicles which pose as a constant danger to their lives.

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AnjaliAnantharam 10 years ago

Thank you, Mona Pirih :)

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 10 years ago

wow.. Very nicw series !!

AnjaliAnantharam 12 years ago

Thanks for the comment Karen... :)

KarenL 12 years ago

Wonderful spotting! Thanks for sharing!

DanielePralong 12 years ago

Thank you for your precisions Anjali! If you have problems with the mapping system, you can actually drag the pin on the map to the exact location where you saw an organism, and this quite accurately if you magnify the map.

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 12 years ago

I'm talking about Indira Gandhi wildlife sanctuary, near Pollachi. I wish I would have known about the place you saw them. Next time!

AnjaliAnantharam 12 years ago

Not sure as to which part of anamalai range you are talking about but there is no way u would miss them in Valparai as they are always in the constant danger of coming under the wheels of vehicles here while they cross the roads.Its difficult to miss them here.

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 12 years ago

Amazing spotting! A guide and I searched for the LTM ( which is exactly what they call it there, at first, I wasn't sure what my guide was saying hahaha!) for a few days, 10 hours hiking a day in Anamalai NP but with no luck.

AnjaliAnantharam 12 years ago

Forgot to mention reason I had to choose Tamil Nadu in the location is because if I enter Valparai it takes me to some other part of the world not even India.

AnjaliAnantharam 12 years ago

Hi Daniele,

Yes, LTM is definitely endemic to western ghats. I saw them in the Anamalai mountain range of Valparai which is in Tamil Nadu. So, in the location search I just mentioned it as Tamil Nadu.Hope this answers your query.


DanielePralong 12 years ago

Hello Anjali, and welcome to Project Noah. Beautiful shot! The lion-tailed macaque is endemic to the Western Ghats of South India, and seems out of range at your indicated location. Can you please tell us more on where exactly you saw this monkey?

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Kerala, India

Spotted on Sep 6, 2011
Submitted on Nov 6, 2011

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