16th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
baby Lion-tailed macaque piggybacking
An inquisitive baby lion-tailed macaque got surprised seeing me while piggybacking on her momther.
The lion-tailed macaque (Macaca silenus) is a primate that is confined to the tiny, isolated pockets of tropical rain forests in the Western Ghats Mountains in Southwestern India. Lion-tailed macaques are found nowhere else in the world. Lion-tailed macaques have soft, glossy black fur and gray manes similar to those of male lions. It gets its name from its tail, which has a tuft of fur at the end, just like a lion's tail. Unfortunately, like the lion, it is also in danger of extinction. LTMS are rather communicative and expressive mammals communicating often with body language.
Location: Valparai, Annamalai Mountain Range, Tamilnadu state, India
© Mainak Ray.
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