Primate Care Sheets - Macaques

There are many macaque species but here we’ll only focus on those commonly kept as pets: Celebes, Java, Pig-tailed, Rhesus, and Stump-tailed Macaques.  Amongst all non-human primates, macaques have the widest natural distribution ranging from Japan to Afghanistan.  Macaques typically live in large groups of up to 50 individuals with a very intracate social structure and hierarchy.  On this site you will find more information about keeping macaques in captivity.

Rhesus Macaque
Rhesus Macaque
(Macaca mulatta)
Celebes Macaque
Celebes Macaque
(Macaca nigra)
Pig-tailed Macaque
Pig-tailed Macaque
(Macaca nemestrina)


Macaques Care Sheets

General Information





Macaques Species:

Arunachal macaque (Macaca munzala)
Assam macaque (Macaca assamensis)
Barbary macaque (Macaca sylvanus)
Bonnet macaque (Macaca radiata)
Booted macaque (Macaca ochreata)
Celebes crested macaque (Macaca nigra)
Crab-eating macaque (Macaca fascicularis)
Formosan rock macaque (Macaca cyclopis)
Gorontalo macaque (Macaca nigriscens)
Heck’s macaque (Macaca hecki)
Japanese macaque (Macaca fuscata)
Lion-tailed macaque (Macaca silenus)
Moor macaque (Macaca maura)
Northern pig-tailed macaque (Macaca leonina)
Pagai Island macaque (Macaca pagensis)
Siberut macaque (Macaca siberu)
Southern pig-tailed macaque or Beruk (Macaca nemestrina)
Stump-tailed macaque (Macaca arctoides)
Tibetan macaque (Macaca thibetana)
Tonkean macaque (Macaca tonkeana)
Toque macaque (Macaca sinica)
Rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta)

The feeding of Primates

December 29, 2011 8:34 pm

By Ivan Crab

During recent years, the feeding of PRIMATES has undergone significant changes, as more has been discovered about their nutritional needs.   The pets market of today provide different “monkey pellets” , pelleted diets they are usually well balanced but they can not by given at the expense of a varied diet.

It is no coincidence that when breeding began in earnest during the 1950s, it was the OLD WORLD species which reproduced most successfully in collections. This is because MONKEYS such as the MACACA species were best-suited to thrive and breed on a diet composed of little more than vegetables and fruits.

The needs of other species are more complex. Certainly in captivity they thrive when offered a diet which contains a relatively high proportion of vegetables and fruit. more...

Posted in baboon, bush baby, capuchin, feeding, gibbon, lemur, macaque, marmoset, owl monkeys, squirrel monkeys, tamarin

How to diaper a monkey

July 18, 2005 7:21 am

By Sherry Freeman

When we first go into Sammy’s room, she stands with her back to me and holds onto the door to her cage while I take her belt and diaper off.


Posted in capuchin, gibbon, lemur, macaque, owl monkeys, squirrel monkeys

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