Toque Macaque

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Toque Macaque

News: Sri Lanka is exploring the possibility of exporting 1,00,000 Toque Macaque monkeys to China.

 It is a reddish-brown-coloured Old World monkey endemic to Sri Lanka, where it is locally known as the ''rilewa'' or ''rilawa''.
 Scientific Name: Macaca sinica
 They are native and endemic exclusively to Sri Lanka.
 IUCN status – Endangered

Unique Features:
 The most characteristic feature of this primate is the toquelike swirl of hair on its head top.
 Males are physically larger than females.
 They are fitted with exceptionally long, thin tails. They have the distinction of being the smallest species belonging to the genus Macaca with the longest tails relative to their body size.

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