suluwesi crested macaque

LIVE WEBCAM WITH SULUWESI CRESTED MACAQUES

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  • Location: Paignton Zoo, Totnes Road, Paignton, Devon, England
  • Source: www.paigntonzoo.org.uk
  • Info: Live streaming webcam featuring Suluwesi crested macaques at the Paignton Zoo in Devon, England. The Suluwesi Crested Macaque is also known as the Celebes crested macaque, or the black ape. It is native to Indonesia with the largest population in the Tangkoko reserve located on the Island of Suluwesi.


  • More Info: The Suluwesi Crested Macaque is also known as the Celebes crested macaque, or the black ape. It is an Old World monkey, native to Indonesia, with the largest population in the Tangkoko reserve located on the Island of Suluwesi.

    The crested part of their name is derived from a tuft of sticking up hair on the crown of the head. Except for their distinctive pink rump and hairless face, the rest of the body is covered with smooth black hair. Unusual for a primate, it has striking reddish-brown eyes.

    Suluwesi crested macaques are diurnal animals, socializing in the morning and foraging for food then resting in the afternoon. They are highly territorial animals, gathering in large groups of 50 and upwards, the majority of which are females. Females remain within the group into which they were born, while males disperse to unrelated groups when they reach sexual maturity. Male macaques typically show submission and satisfaction by making a grimace or smacking their lips. Meanwhile, to express aggression, they yawn, chase, stare with an open mouth as well as grin with their mouth closed.

    Seventy percent of the macaques diet consists of fruit and for this reason they are important disperses of fruit seeds. If fruit becomes scarce, they may also eat insects, shoots, young leaves, and the stems of flowering plants. Food not eaten immediately is sometimes stored in their cheek pouches to be eaten later.

    Suluwesi crested macaques have a polygynandrous mating system, where both males and females mate with multiple partners. The macaques mate throughout the year with the peak activity period among adult females, lasting from August to June. Females give birth to a single offspring every 18 months, usually in springtime when food is most plentiful.