In the thick jungles of the Western Ghats, a peculiar monkey species can be found – the Lion-tailed Macaque. There are only about 3500 of these rare animals in the wild.
These monkeys have made the rainforest canopy their home. Their diet consists of fruits, seeds, nuts, insects and even small animals. Like most macaques, they live in troops and are extremely territorial.
Although their arboreal lifestyle has given them some protection against predators, deforestation, human habitations and roads passing through these forests have been threats to their population. They are mostly found in small pockets in Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The recent discovery of some new troops in Karnataka and the declaration of a new sanctuary to protect them have been a silver lining.