Aping a lion...

Gili Orr

Haarlem, Netherlands

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“Aping a lion…” was featured in the group Bits and Pieces

This shot of a Lion-tailed Macaque was taken in May 2008 in Apenheul (apes’ hill) in Apeldoorn, Holland.
Canon PowerShot S5 IS camera, 1/1000 s, f/4, ISO 80

According to the IUCN, only approximately 2,500 of these animals live scattered over several areas in Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The Lion-tailed Macaque ranks among the rarest and most threatened primates. Their range has become increasingly isolated and fragmented by the spread of agriculture and tea, coffee, teak and cinchona, construction of water reservoirs for irrigation and power generation, and human settlements to support such activities. They don’t live, feed or travel through plantations. Destruction of their habitat and the fact that they avoid human proximity, has led to the drastic decrease of their population.

Many zoos take part in breeding programs which help to secure the survival of this species. 368 of these Macaque are reported to live in zoos.

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