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Buffalo Zoo bids farewell to Sulawesi crested macaque


Sat, Jul 30th 2016 11:00 am
Two Sulawesi crested macaques. (Buffalo Zoo photo)
Two Sulawesi crested macaques. (Buffalo Zoo photo)

The Sulawesi crested macaque will be leaving the Buffalo Zoo on Thursday, Aug. 4.

Best known by zoogoers for their red behinds and punk rock hair, the Sulawesi crested macaque has been a Buffalo Zoo resident since the late 1960s. The zoo's troop consists of two males and four females. After careful consideration, the decision was made to relocate the troop to another Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited zoo.

The relocation is an effort by AZA to consolidate the remaining U.S. population to one location.

The Sulawesi crested macaque is an "Old World monkey" that is considered critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. It is the most endangered of the seven macaque species that live on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia.

Although they have no major predators, the macaque is hunted by humans for its meat, which is considered a delicacy. The problem of habitat loss to farming and housing expansion has contributed to their conservation status.

In the wild, the Sulawesi crested macaque can live in groups of 20 to 30. Although that may seem like a large troop, before their numbers declined, they could be seen living in groups of 100. They are very social animals and maintain relationships by grooming one another and communicating with grunts and facial expressions.

Guests may visit the species in the zoo's Vanishing South Exhibit through Aug. 3. At the request of the destination zoo, the Buffalo Zoo is not releasing that information until the troop has settled into their new home.

The Buffalo Zoo is located at 300 Parkside Ave.

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