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Go Wild: A Tourist Guide to the Species of Indian Monkeys

So you’re in India and you want to see some monkeys. Well, you’re in luck, because India is home to a wide variety of monkey species.

We’ll tell you a bit about Indian monkeys’ habits and habitat, and we’ll even give you some tips on how to spot them in the wild. So get your binoculars ready and let’s go explore the fascinating world of Indian monkeys!

The Different Species of Indian Monkeys

India is home to a staggering 15 species of Old World monkeys, out of a total of 30 types of primates found in the country. Of these, 6 are endemic to India alone- which means they can only be found here. These include the lion-tailed macaque, the Nilgiri langur, the hoolock gibbon, the Assamese macaque, the capped langur and the purple-faced langur.

Out of the remaining 9 species, 4 are widespread and can be found in multiple parts of India. These are the rhesus macaque, the bonnet macaque, the Hanuman langur and the Tibetan macaque. The remaining 5 are restricted to certain parts of the country- for example, the gray langur is only found in North East India.

The most common native species of India include the Bonnet Macaque (Macaca radiata), Assam Macaque (Macaca assamensis), Arunachal Macaque (Macaca munzala), Crab-Eating Macaque (Macaca fascicularis), Stump-Tailed Macaque (Macaca arctoides) and Lion-Tailed Macaque (Macaca silenus).

The Rhesus Macaque is the most common species of monkey found in India. These monkeys have a reddish-brown fur and can be found throughout the Indian subcontinent, from the foothills of the Himalayas all the way south to peninsular India. They usually live in large groups, which can contain up to 200 members!

Where Can I Find These Monkeys?

If you’re looking to experience the magic of India’s different species of monkeys, you have many areas to explore. In the Nilgiri Hills, for example, you’ll find the Nilgiri langur. Arunachal Pradesh is home to a range of monkeys, such as the Arunachal macaque and the stump-tailed macaque. Rhesus macaques are also found all over India; they inhabit forests, urban environments and even agricultural land – you may even spot them near human settlements.

The Himalayas offer a breathtaking backdrop for sighting Indian monkeys in their natural habitat: The Himalayan gray langur and the golden langur with its beautiful golden hair will take your breath away. Other regions to explore include Karnataka – home of the purple-faced langur – and southern India, where you can find the bonnet macaque. The Gangetic Plains are another prime area and include species like Gray langur, Hanuman langur, and Capped langur.

Finally, if you’re looking for something truly extraordinary, make sure to visit Madhya Pradesh. Here is where you’ll be able to find one of the largest populations of endangered red-faced langurs – plus it’s also home to India’s only surviving population of Nilgiri langurs!

A safari through any of these areas promises an unforgettable journey filled with monkey sightings. So don’t miss out on a one-of-a-kind wildlife adventure in India – it’s an experience unlike any other!

What Do Indian Monkeys Eat?

Now that we have a better understanding of the different types of Indian monkeys, let’s take a look at their diets. Monkeys in India consume a variety of fruits, vegetables and insects. What makes their diet distinct is that they eat quickly to break down toxins from their food, aiding digestion and aiding them in getting the most nutrients from what they eat. From fruits and vegetables to other items like larvae, ants and nuts, each species of monkey has its own preferences for food. The lion-tailed macaque is known for seeking out Terminalia tree fruits while the hanuman langur has an affinity for figs. Additionally, these omnivores often scavenge for small animals such as frogs, lizards and rodents; some for sustenance, others for medicinal purposes. They’ll even consume bird eggs and young chicks! Vegetarian food is still the primary choice; fruits, nuts, leaves and flowers are commonly eaten by Indian monkeys.

Indian monkeys are vital to their local ecosystems as they spread seeds while consuming different types of food sources which helps maintain vegetation health in balance. Being aware of what these monkeys eat helps us comprehend their role in preserving habitats and researchers can use this information to gain better insight into the health of local ecosystems as well as ways we can help protect them.

Interesting Behaviors of Indian Monkeys

Monkeys are quite fascinating creatures, and there’s no doubt that the ones found in India are as interesting as any other species. Though most of the species are solitary, groups of monkeys are usually dominated by a male langur. For example, the Hanuman langurs of North India form troops up to 20 individuals while their southern counterparts the Nilgiri langurs live in much smaller groups of four or five individuals.

In addition to these social dynamics, some species of Indian monkeys have learned to adapt to human-dominated environments with mixed results. For example, rhesus macaques have spread havoc in some urban areas, snatching food and mobile telephones and breaking into homes, ultimately terrorizing people. On the flip side, certain macaque species around temples in South India have been observed to perform tasks such as begging for food and washing clothes to receive food rewards from humans. Fascinating behavior indeed!

Conservation Efforts for Indian Monkeys

It is no surprise that with India’s rapid expansion of industry and infrastructure, these monkey species are facing an uncertain future. 7 of India’s 15 primate species are now listed as endangered, including the red-shanked douc langur, capped langur and western hoolock gibbon.

The greatest threat to these endangered primates is the loss of their natural habitats due to deforestation and commercial development. Further losses occur from overhunting and exotic pet trading. If we don’t take steps to protect India’s monkey species, they could easily face extinction in the coming decades.

That’s why conservation efforts are so important for protecting these endangered primates. Organizations like the Wildlife Trust of India have been instrumental in helping preserve their natural habitats and provide education about their importance. Through this work, we can help ensure future generations can continue to enjoy observing these magnificent creatures in the wild.

How Can I Spot an Indian Monkey in the Wild?

If you find yourself in India, looking to spot a monkey in the wild, there are a few things to keep in mind. Monkeys tend to live near freshwater sources, so if you are in an area with a river or lake you’ll be more likely to encounter them.

Indian monkeys can be identified by their distinctive fur coloring and facial features.

  • Color: The most obvious way to tell an Indian monkey from other primates is by its color. Monkeys are usually dark brown or black, while apes tend to be lighter in color. However, there are exceptions to this rule: some species of monkeys have been known to change their coat color depending on their environment (for example, black-necked langurs will turn yellow-green during mating season).
  • Size: As with all animals, size matters when identifying an Indian monkey. Most adult male Indian monkeys grow up between 12–16 inches in length and weigh around 3 pounds; females tend to be slightly smaller than their male counterparts at 10–12 inches long and weighing 2–3 pounds on average.
  • Hair/fur: As mentioned above, Indian monkeys have thick fur that covers most of their bodies except for the face and hands which may be naked due to lack of grooming needs as well as protection against harsh weather conditions such as rain or snowfall during winter months when food supplies run low.”
  • Head/face: Indian monkeys have small, rounded heads with large eyes and a pointed snout that is slightly upturned. The face of an Indian monkey is covered in fur that is usually black or brown in color (although some individuals may be white).
  • Body: Indian monkeys have short legs and long arms that allow them to move around quickly through trees. Their bodies are covered in thick fur that is usually black or brown in color (although some individuals may be white).
  • Tails: Indian monkeys have long, thick tails that can be used as an extra limb for balancing when moving around. They also use their tails as a way to communicate with other members of the species.
  • Feet: Indian monkeys have five toes on each foot, allowing them to grasp branches and tree trunks while they are moving through trees.
  • Habitat: Indian monkeys live in groups of up to 30 individuals, but they may also be found alone or in pairs. They prefer to stay high up in the trees where they can move around quickly and easily.
  • Ears: Indian monkeys have large ears that stick out from the sides of their heads. These ears allow them to hear sounds from far away, which helps them avoid predators and find food sources.


So there you have it’s a quick guide to the different species of monkeys found in the Indian subcontinent. When visiting the Indian subcontinent, take the time to visit some of the protected areas that are home to these species. Not only will you be able to observe the monkeys in their natural habitat, but you will also be able to learn more about the conservation efforts being made to protect them. When visiting any of these areas, one should respect their boundaries and not attempt to harm or capture any of the creatures.

If you’re lucky enough to spot one of these fascinating creatures in the wild, be sure to take lots of pictures and enjoy the experience!

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