Tibetan Macaque is found in mixed subtropical forests at altitudes
from 800 to 2,500 m above sea level from eastern Tibet east to Guangdong
and north to Shaanxi in China. this largest species of macaque is
one of the largest monkeys found in Asia. Males are the larger sex,
commonly attain a weight of 13 to 19.5 kg while females weigh 9
to 13 kg. Their long, dense fur is brown on the back with creamy-buff
to grey coloration on the underparts. Some adults are quite dark
brown on the back while others are basically a sandy yellowish brown
color. They have a prominent, pale-buff beard and long whiskers,
but have a hairless face. The infants have silver and black fur
that changes to its adult color at the age of two. They live in
mixed sex groups and have a complex social system; females remain
for life in their natal group, but males disperse shortly after
their adolescence (at about 8 years old). Alpha males dominate the
group, being those that are typically large, strong and newly mature.
As they age, males tend to gradually lose their social standing
and are frequently subject to challenges for dominance from other
males. Females first breed at around five years of age. The gestation
period is six months with a single offspring being produced at each
pregnancy. Males of the group may also be involved in alloparenting
care. They spend most of their time on the ground, where they forage
for leaves, fruit, grass and, to a lesser extent, flowers, seeds,
roots and insects. When available, bamboo shoots, fruits and leaves
are particularly favoured. Their main threats are all human-related.
They are sensitive to habitat destruction, as they are tied closely
to the forest. As well, they are occasionally poisoned by herbicides
and pesticides while eating and may catch diseases transmitted from
human. Illegal poaching may occur, with humans killing them for
their flesh and fur.
Richard King Perkins II
Four girls sit on a bed
in the summer before their
first year of high school,
playing the game of revelation
called "Truth or Dare."
"What scares you the most?"
is the cycling question to which
they will all tell their truth.
"I'm afraid of getting fat."
says the first. Murmurs of assent.
This is a good response.
"I'm afraid of being poor."
says the second. Murmurs of assent.
This is a good response.
"I'm afraid of bad hair days."
says the third. Laughter of assent.
This is an excellent response.
"I fear not being understood."
says the fourth. Bolt of silence.
"What do you mean?" says the first.
"I mean,…. I'm afraid of bugs."
says the fourth. Screeches of assent.
This is the best response.
Richard King Perkins II is a state-sponsored advocate for residents
in long-term care facilities. He lives in Crystal Lake, IL with his
wife, Vickie and daughter, Sage. He is a three-time Pushcart nominee
and a Best of the Net nominee whose work has appeared in more than a
thousand publications. In a six-year period, his poems have appeared
in The Louisiana Review, Bluestem, Emrys Journal, Sierra Nevada Review,
Roanoke Review, The Red Cedar Review and Crannog. He has
poems forthcoming in The William and Mary Review, Sugar House Review,
Old Red Kimono and Milkfist. He was a recent finalist in
The Rash Awards, Sharkpack Alchemy, Writer’s Digest and Bacopa Literary
Review poetry contests.