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Monkey business.

FROM MY BOOK... WILDCREATURES OF HONG KONG There are two primate species found in Hong Kong under one family of "macaques"; the introduced long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis) and the re-introduced, and more dominant species, the rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta). Of course, there are also the hybrid macaques from interspecies mating. Monkeys are very gregarious, with troops of up to 100 individuals, and highly adaptable to different habitats and climates, including urban settings. These are an introduced species, originally released to control certain poisonous plants located adjacent to the freshwater reservoirs. The populations have become a bit of a problem, as they grow unnaturally due to feeding by the public. SEE THEM: Around Shing Mun Reservoir, Tai Po Kau, and Monkey Hill. Also, along the education trail/family tree walk in Kam Shan Country Park. If undisturbed, there is natural food for monkeys to feed on and they can also perform the role of seed dispersal for some native tree species. SPECIES ID: The rhesus monkey’s tail is only 50% of its body length, whilst the long-tailed macaque’s tail is its full body length, or more. The rhesus also has a pinker face and may sometimes be more golden in colouration.


I was fortunate to come across them playing in some water the other day....jumping in with a big splash. the juveniles and subadults having a great time. Even swimming.



This I had never seen before....some of them actually swam under water.....

These constitute a genus (Macaca) of Old World monkeys of the subfamily Cercopithecinae. The 23 species of macaques are widespread over the Old World, especially Asia.

These Macaques are highly adaptable to different habitats and climates and can tolerate a wide fluctuation of temperatures and live in varying landscape settings. They easily adapt to humans and can survive well in urban settings if they are able to steal food. They can also survive in completely natural settings with no humans present.This is of course a macaque. I was fortunate to come across them playing in some water the other day....jumping in with a big splash. the juveniles and subadults having a great time. Even swimming.



This I had never seen before....some of them actually swam under water.....

These constitute a genus (Macaca) of Old World monkeys of the subfamily Cercopithecinae. The 23 species of macaques are widespread over the Old World, especially Asia.

These Macaques are highly adaptable to different habitats and climates and can tolerate a wide fluctuation of temperatures and live in varying landscape settings. They easily adapt to humans and can survive well in urban settings if they are able to steal food. They can also survive in completely natural settings with no humans present.

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