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Shared by : Rahul Acharya (Nepal)
Region : Nepal
Status : Near Threatened
Introduction
Diurnal and omnivorous, and at times both arboreal and terrestrial, Assamese Monkey live primarily in subtropical broadleaf-evergreen forests, and to a lesser extent, mixed deciduous and bamboo forest utilizing many types of forest vegetation from semi-deciduous mixed wet to tropical dry deciduous forest, from monsoon to tropical evergreen Montana forest. They prefer dense forest and don’t usually occur in secondary forest. They have dark brownish facial skin, yellowish-grey to dark brown pelage; head has a dark fringe of hair on the cheeks directed backwards to the ears. Adult weighs 5-10 Kg. Assamese monkeys are shy, timid and less aggressive to human beings in comparison to rhesus monkey. They have multi-male and multi-female social troops. They come to the ground for easier and safe movement in the dense undergrowth from the tree middle canopy. It is estimated to be around 1099 Assamese in almost 51 troops in case of Nepal. In Shivapuri National Park, the average size of the troop is 23.71. Its status and distribution within Makalu Barun area is partially documented and little has been known from Langtang National Park as well. It was only in 1985, they were spotted in Shivapuri National Park. Population Trend is decreasing.
Threats
Major threats include selective logging and various forms of anthropogenic development and activities, alien invasives, and hunting and trapping for sport, “medicine,” food, and the pet trade. Additionally, hybridization with adjacent species poses a threat to some populations. Restricted habitat is another major concern limiting the growth of the Macaca in case of Nepal. Endemic Macaca population of Nepal is regarded as endangered.
Efforts
This species is listed in Appendix II of CITES (Chetry et al. 2003). It is legally protected in all countries of occurrence.The Assamese monkey is a legally protected animal by the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1973, Nepal. This animal has a strict protection mechanism in its range countries and has listed as a schedule-I animal whose poaching is fully restricted.

References :
Ecology and Behavior of Assamese monkey in Shivapuri Nagarjun national park (Bishnu Pandey) Chalise M.K., Ogawa, H. and Pandey, B (2013). Assamese monkeys in Nagarjun forest of Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park, Nepal. Tribhuvan University Journal. VOL. XXVIII, NO. 1-2: 181-190 IUCN Red List.

1 Comments

  • anathemalina says :
    I submitted the same. :D
    Cool information about Pahare Bandar.
    Posted 24-07-2016 10:08

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