Zoo Animals


Macaque — lion-tailed

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 constists of three females: Gina, Scarlett and Stitch. Gina arrived at the Detroit Zoo in 1994 when Gina was 4 years old. Gina is the smallest of the troop and enjoys grooming the others. Scarlett, also 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.


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

  • A lion-tailed macaque can store food in its “cheek pouch” to eat later. This “storage space” has the same amount of room as its stomach.