Lion-tailed macaque

At the Detroit Zoo
Four endangered lion-tailed macaques can be found in their Asian Forest habitat west of the tigers. The troop constists of four females: Slick, Gina, Scarlett and Stitch. Slick, the oldest, was born in 1981 and is recognized by her “s”-shaped tail. She and Gina arrived at the Detroit Zoo together in 1994 when Gina was 4 years old. Gina is the smallest of the troop and enjoys grooming the others. Scarlett, also born in 1994, is described as happy, and squeals with excitement at being outside each morning. Her sister Stitch, born in 1996, is the most dominant of the females.


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: 26 years
Conservation Status: Endangered




A lion-tailed macaque can store food in its “cheek pouch” to eat later. This “storage space” has the same amount of room as its stomach.


The lion-tailed macaque gets water from licking it off tree leaves.


The lion-tailed macaque is also known as the wanderoo.