Celebes crested macaque

Self-portrait photograph (the "monkey selfie"). PD image

Celebes crested macaque…

Self-portrait photograph (the “monkey selfie”). PD image

The celebes crested macaque is a Critically Endangered species that, in the wild, is endemic to (meaning it is only found in) Indonesia. Because it has such a short tail, it is often mistakenly thought to be an ape, but (along with the other macaques) it actually belongs to the monkey family.

Celebes crested macaque Rotterdam Zoo
Celebes crested macaque at Rotterdam Zoo. Image credit: Tim Strater cc2.0

A distinctive feature of this monkey is that the hair on top of its head grows in a kind of tuft, or crest, which is why it is called the “crested” macaque. The whole body of the crested macaque is black, except for its rump, which is pink.

Celebes crested macaque up in a tree. Photographed in Tangkoko National Park (Sulawasesi, Indonesia) by Viglianti cc3.0

They live in groups of five to twenty-five animals, and spend most of their time roaming the ground and trees in search of fruit, leaves and seeds to eat. They’ll also eat an occasional caterpillar or frog. The young ones reach maturity at about 3 or 4 years old, and though the females will stay with their birth group, mature males will leave to find a new group.

Old World Monkey

Alternative names: Macaca nigra, Sulawesi macaque, Crested black macaque, Sulawesi crested macaque, Black ape, Celebes macaque, Yaki
Where in the world? Indonesia, only on the islands of Sulawesi and Pulau Bacan
Habitat: Primary and secondary forests with elevations of up to 2,296 feet above sea level
Diet:Seeds, leaves, flowers, pith herbs, grass seeds, bird eggs, small birds, lizards and frogs
Size: 17.5 to 24 inches long
Weight: 12 to 22 pounds
Average lifespan: 18 to 20 years
Conservation status: Critically endangered

Together with the Pagai Island macaque, the Celebes crested macaque is one of the most endangered macaques. Its survival is threatened by bushmeat hunters, farmers who regard them as pests and the clearing of forests, especially on the island of Sulawesi where only 4,000 to 6,000 monkeys remain.

Celebes crested macaques are known for their remarkable appearance, particularly for the tuft of hair on top of their heads which looks like a crest or mohawk.

Taken from IP Factly’s 25 Awesome Apes & Monkeys

Celebes crested macaques YouTube video playlist
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The Playlist:

  1. Mammals of the World: Celebes Crested Macaque by cre8ivmind
  2. Celebes crested macaque (Macaca nigra) is dreaming, Tangkoko NR, Sulawesi by Balazs Buzas
  3. A bunch of Celebes crested macaque by MasterSmutny85


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