Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Longtail Macaques

I often saw longtail macaques in Borneo.  Medium sized to small, these playful primates live in family groups.  One night froma  boat on the river we watched a family with many youngsters playing in the trees.  This page shows an adult that is about to lean down and get some fruit on a branch above the water, and a mother and baby.  The mother is about to climb up and is scoping the path, while the baby clings to her.  I saw this species interact with orangutans at the sanctuary, sit near proboscis monkeys without incident, and play with one another with pretty clear joy.  I would guess we ran across them at least a dozen times in 10 days, if not more.

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