At the Detroit Zoo
Seven endangered lion-tailed macaques can be found in their Asian Forest habitat west of the tigers. The troop includes male Larry and six females – Slick, Gina, Scarlett, Stitch, Christina and Asha. Larry was born in 1984 and over the past few years has developed arthritis of his spine and hips. As a result, he has limited mobility, a hunched back and a slight limp. He lives under the watchful eye of his keepers and our veterinarians and is on a regimen of medications to help keep him comfortable and happy. When you see Larry surrounded by his harem of females, you can be assured that your Detroit Zoo is taking good care of him and the many other animals that live here. Larry is a special example of our commitment to meeting the individual needs of the thousands of animals at the Zoo.
The lion-tailed macaque is covered in long, black hair. Its face is framed by a long, grey-colored mane. Its muzzle is a rich, black color. The lion-tailed macaque got its name from its long, tuft-tipped tail.
Scientific name: Macaca silenus
Continent: Asia, only in India
Habitat: Rainforest treetops in the Western Ghats Mountains
Size: 2-3 feet long
Weight: 15-35 pounds
Diet: The lion-tailed macaque is an omnivore and eats seeds, leaves, fruits, insects and small birds and mammals.
Reproduction: Gestation five months; one offspring
Lifespan: 30 years
Conservation Status: Endangered