Rhesus Monkey

Rhesus Monkey

As one of the best-known species of Old World monkeys, the rhesus macaque is an Asian primate that is extensively scattered throughout its habitat.

Scientific Name – Macaca mulatta

Classification – Macaca

Gender Names – Male – male; Female – female; Baby – infant

Collective Noun – Troop, cartload

Length/Size –20.7 – 22.9 cm (8.1 and 9.0 in)

Weight – 5.3 – 7.7 kg (12 – 17 lb)

Life Expectancy – 15 years; up to 40 in captivity

Gestation Period – 164 days

Special Features  Covered with dense and thick body hair

Social Structure – Lives in large troops that comprise a mixture of 20–200 males and females

Geographical Distribution – South, Central, and Southeast Asia

Natural Habitat – Grasslands to arid and forested areas, but also close to human settlements

Conservation Status – Least Concern

Diet – Mainly fruit, but also seeds, roots, buds, bark, cereals, termites, grasshoppers, ants, and beetles

Predators – Raptors, dogs, weaselsleopards, tigers, sharks, crocodiles, and snakes