Scientific name: Macaca mulatta
Life expectancy: 25 years
Gestation period: 164 days
Lifestyle and Location:
- This is an old world monkey native to south, central and south-east Asia, they are known to live close to human settlements but are also found in grasslands, arid and forested areas.
- They tend to have larger groups when living in human inhabited areas then when they live in more rural areas.
- They are herbivorous, mainly eating fruit, but also eating seeds, roots, buds, bark and cereal.
These monkeys are grey or brown in colour with a pale pink face. The average male is 53 cm and weighs around 7.7 kg but the female is a bit smaller and averages 47 cm and weighs about 5.3 kg. They range in colour from a dusty brown to an auburn like colour and their backsides and face are the same pinkish hue.
- They have the widest geographic range of all the non-human primates.
- They are known to swim at only a few days old and adults are known to swim over half a mile between islands.
- They are known to have groups of up to 80!
- These monkeys are very commonly used for doing tests on so we can learn more about how their minds work.