At the Detroit Zoo
Six endangered lion-tailed macaques can be found in their Asian Forest habitat west of the tigers. The troop includes one male, Zeus, born in 1989, and five females: Slick, Gina, Scarlett, Stitch and Asha. Scarlett, born in 1994, is described as happy; she squeals with excitement at being outside each morning. Her sister Stitch, born in 1996, is the most dominant of the females. Slick, the oldest, was born in 1981 and is known for her “s”-shaped tail. She and Gina arrived together from Riverbanks Zoo four years after Gina’s birth in 1990. Gina is the smallest and enjoys grooming the others. Asha came to the Detroit Zoo in 2012 from Alabama’s Birmingham Zoo. Born in 2003, she is the youngest but tries to fit in with those more dominant.
The lion-tailed macaque is covered in long, black hair. Its face is framed by a long, grey-colored mane. Its muzzle is a rich, black color. The lion-tailed macaque got its name from its long, tuft-tipped tail.
Scientific name: Macaca silenus
Continent: Asia, only in India
Habitat: Rainforest treetops in the Western Ghats Mountains
Size: 2-3 feet long
Weight: 15-35 pounds
Diet: The lion-tailed macaque is an omnivore and eats seeds, leaves, fruits, insects and small birds and mammals.
Reproduction: Gestation five months; one offspring
Lifespan: 30 years
Conservation Status: Endangered