A natural environment for macaques
Macaques…. who cares about them? For most people in Thailand macaques are just a pest, most wildlife rescue centers don’t want to treat them or take them in as they are not “really endangered” however of all 5 species found in Thailand 3 are actually endangered. Of course most people like to rescue the more “exotic” gibbons, or even better tiger and elephants. There is little fame in helping macaques.
We at WFFT however will rescue all wildlife if needed, and for the last 13 years we have never turned down one animal. Currently we house over 140 macaques of 5 species (long-tailed, pig-tailed, stump-tailed, Assamese and rhesus macaques) and we try to give them the best environment possible. With the help of foreign volunteers and recently a grant from IPPL (International Primate Protection League) we have been able to move a large group of Stump-tailed macaques to a very large open enclosure and we would love to show you here how they are doing!
Thank you to all volunteers over the last months, and of course IPPL, for your generous contribution!
The stump-tailed macaque (Macaca arctoides), also called the bear macaque, is a species of macaque found in South Asia. In India, it is found in south of the Brahmaputra River, in the northeastern part of the country. Its range in India extends from Assam and Meghalaya to eastern Aruanchal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura.
It is primarily frugivorous, but eats many types of vegetation, such as seeds, leaves and roots, but also hunts freshwater crabs, frogs, bird eggs and insects.