Zoo Animals

lion-tailed-macque

Lion-tailed macaque

Macaca silenus

At the Detroit Zoo
Three endangered lion-tailed macaques can be found in their Asian Forest habitat west of the tigers. The troop consists of three females: Gina, Scarlett and Stitch. Gina arrived at the Detroit Zoo in 1994 when she was 4 years old. Gina is the smallest of the troop and enjoys grooming the others. Scarlett, born in 1994, is described as happy, and squeals with excitement at being outside each morning. Her sister Stitch, born in 1996, is the most dominant of the females.

 

Description
The lion-tailed macaque is covered in long, black hair. Its face is framed by a long, gray-colored mane. Its muzzle is a rich, black color. The lion-tailed macaque got its name from its long, tuft-tipped tail.

 

Fun Facts

  • The Japanese macaque is thought to display culture, or learned behaviors, by passing on knowledge through a troop and potentially through generations.

     

  • The Japanese macaque is thought to display culture, or learned behaviors, by passing on knowledge through a troop and potentially through generations.