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Male Mauritian Crab Eating Macaque (Macaca Fascicularis)

Male Mauritian Crab Eating Macaque (Macaca Fascicularis)
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I photographed many wild macaque monkeys whilst out trekking in Black River Gorges National Park. I found them fascinating and could watch them all day long. So many of their characteristics are so human like, I especially found their facial expressions so endearing.

The Mauritian crab-eating macaque (Macaca fascicularis) monkey also known as the long-tailed macaque, are a cercopithecine primate native to Southeast Asia. They originate from South West Asia (Java and/or Malaysia and/or Indonesia) and were introduced by Dutch sailors during the XVIII century. Even the founder population was limited to a few individuals, it rapidly grew after introduction and is now considered as a threat for endemic ecosystems and native fauna and flora species. The current wild population has been estimated to be between 40,000 to 60,000 individuals.

The crab-eating macaque lives in matrilineal social groups with a female dominance hierarchy, and male members leave the group when they reach puberty. They are opportunistic omnivores and have been documented using tools to obtain food in Thailand and Myanmar.

It is referred to as the cynomolgus monkey in laboratories. The small size of original population, its absence of pathogens and the insular nature of Mauritius gifted the Mauritian Cynomolgus with exceptional advantages for biomedical research, despite of the fact that the colony was originally constituted from wild monkeys.
Date: 2018-03-08 18:26:36
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They look like they are ready for some crab, either that or they've had a tiff 😄 Wonderful detail and capture of these fascinating creatures 👍
jaykay72. 2018-03-08 21:29:52
What a cool photo of these two out in the wild!! Well done!
Michael Guttman 2018-03-09 06:35:09
Nicely focused and timed.
James Waghorn 2018-03-09 07:14:25
I like the concept: good!
OR_U 2018-03-10 11:36:45

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