National Geographic : 1986 May
Photographed by K. Wothe Lzon-tailed Macaque: Genus: Macaca Species: silenus Adult size: Length of head andbody. males, 51 -61 cm;females, 46cm Adult weight: Males, 6.8kg; females about one-thirdsmaller Habitat: High evergreen rainforests in the Western Ghats of southernIndia Surviving number: Estimatedat a few thousand Wildlife as Canon sees it: A photographic heritage for all generations. Shy by nature, the lion-tailed macaque usually remains in the upper forest canopy feeding on fruits, nuts, flowers and insects. Although the most arboreal of all macaques, it will often climb down to the ground in search of food or to move to another tree. Lion-tailed macaques live in small groups of about 10 to 20 individ uals in secluded and undisturbed forests. Marked by a distinctive shaggy mane, this noble-looking animal is one of the world's most endangered primates today. Nothing could bring back the lion-tailed macaque should it vanish completely. And while photography can record it for posterity, more importantly pho tography can help save it and the rest of wildlife. o The world's most intelligently designed SLR camera. Canon Images for all time The survival of the lion-tailed macaque will depend upon the protection of its forest home. Remaining populations have taken refuge in a few isolated forest areas that still exist. With its expressive powers of commu nication, photography can help promote a broader awareness and understanding of the urgency to save not only the macaque, but the world's rain forests and the astonishing diversity of life these irreplaceable ecosystems sustain. And understanding is perhaps the single most important factor in saving the lion-tailed macaque and all of wildlife.