A brand new habitat has been created for a troop of long-tailed macaques. These incredibly curious primates are highly adaptable to different habitats and climates, though they generally live near water. They're also very adept swimmers, which makes this species a good fit for the Oceans area.
The macaques' habitat features pools surrounded by open, grassy areas as well as a few raised platforms that extend over the water. Not only does this design reflect the architectural styles found in Southeast Asia, we hope it will encourage the macaques' unique — and very fun — natural diving behaviors that guests can watch through multiple glass viewing windows.
Widespread throughout Southeast Asia, the long-tailed macaque is the smallest of about 20 macaque species and grow to roughly the size of a house cat. Also called crab-eating macaques, these primates are highly social, typically living in groups of about 20-30 individuals led by the females. With one of the largest geographic ranges of any primate, there are many areas of the world where humans and macaques live side-by-side. While some cultures hold these animals as sacred, others view them as pests that disrupt urban spaces. Like all animals at the Indianapolis Zoo, our macaques will be ambassadors for their species, highlighting an important conservation message about how humans and animals can coexist.