Pig-Tailed Macaque is a medium sized Old World monkey who reaches
a weight of 5-15 kg in large males and is found in the southern
half of the Malay Peninsula (only just extending into southernmost
Thailand), Borneo, Sumatra and Bangka Island. They are mostly found
in rainforest up to 2000 meters, but will also enter plantations
and gardens. They are buff-brown with a darker back and lighter
lower parts of the body and their short tail is held semi-erect
and reminiscent of the tail of a pig. They are mainly terrestrial
but they also are skilled climbers. Unlike almost all primates they
love water. They live in large groups split into smaller groups
during the day when they are looking for food. They are omnivorous,
feeding mainly on fruits, seeds, berries, cereals, fungi and invertebrates.
There is a hierarchy among males, based on strength and among females,
based on heredity. Thus, the daughter of the dominant female will
immediately be placed above all other females in the group. The
dominant female leads the group, while the male role is more to
manage conflict within the group and to defend it. Sexual maturity
is reached at the age of 3-5 years and gestation lasts about 6 months.
A mother will give birth to one infant every two years. Weaning
occurs at 4-5 months. They are Vulnerable because there is reason
to believe the species has declined by at least 30% over the past
30-36 years due primarily by loss of habitat, which is very serious
in many parts of its range. There is extensive loss of lowland forest
in Malaysia and Indonesia to expanding oil palm plantations, as
well as to logging and agricultural expansion. This species is also
frequently shot as a crop pest and hunted for food.
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