Macaques
Macaques
Oceans
ABout Macaques

LONG-TAILED MACAQUES ARE THE ONLY MACAQUE WHO SWIMS THROUGHOUT THEIR ENTIRE LIFE. THESE CONFIDENT SWIMMERS WILL TAKE TO THE WATER TO COOL OFF OR EVEN JUST TO PLAY!

Long-tailed macaques frequently live near or around rivers, oceans shorelines and mangrove swamps. They often jump into the water to escape predators such as pythons, raptors or large cats. Their swimming ability also gives them a “leg up” on accessing food – they dive to catch underwater prey like crabs and frogs, or paddle across rivers to get to fruit on the other side.

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FACTS & STATISTICS
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average size
1 to 2 feet
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native region
Southeast Asia
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eating habits
Fruit, vegetation, crabs, frogs, and eggs
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conservation status
Least concern

In some parts of the world, macaques live alongside humans, much like the animals we frequently see in our backyard. Thinking about how you can provide a safe space for wildlife in your backyard helps both humans and animals thrive in our shared world. Here are some ways you can help:

  • Plant native species to attract native wildlife and reduce water consumption.
  • Create a compost bin and use compost for garden fertilizer.
  • Use a rain barrel to collect runoff from your roof and use it to water your garden.
  • Install a bird feeder to provide food for local birds throughout the year.
  • Install a bat box to provide a home for local bats and reduce mosquitoes in your backyard.
  • Certify your backyard as a Certified Wildlife Habitat through the National Wildlife Federation.
  • Use mulch in your garden to reduce the need for frequent watering and to prevent soil erosion.
  • Reduce the use of chemical pesticides and use natural alternatives when available.
  • Keep your trash covered to prevent local species from depending on garbage for food.
  • Turn off your lights at night to help migrating birds stay on course.
  • Avoid feeding local wildlife like raccoons and opossums to encourage them to find natural food sources.
Distinguishing Characteristics

Graham is almost three times the size of most of our macaques and is the dominant male of the group.

Fun Facts

Graham has more of a laid back personality and is very food motivated. He really enjoys peanuts, jello, and worms!

Distinguishing Characteristics

Mango has a shorter tail and slightly larger body size.

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Mango is one of our dominant females and you can often find her in the middle of a grooming session!

Distinguishing Characteristics

As our youngest male macaque, Paul is smaller in size. His darker face also helps him to stand out.

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Paul loves food and is often seen stuffing his little cheek pouches with raisins and other treats!

Distinguishing Characteristics

Ren is our youngest and smallest female macaque.

Fun Facts

Ren still spends a lot of her time under mom Momba's watchful eye, but loves swimming and diving in the water.

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Where are they at the Zoo?
The Macaques are located in the Oceans Exhibit.
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