Mammals

monkey rezus (Macaca mulatta)

monkey rezus (Macaca mulatta)

The best known representative macaques is rezus (Macaca mulatta), occurring over a huge area from northern Indochina, through the Himalayas, Kashmir to South China. The body length of this monkey does not exceed 60 cm, a tail 30 cm. The profusely hairy back is buff-gray in color, yellowish or greenish, on the other hand, the abdominal side, which is sparsely covered with hair, is lighter in color. The face is completely naked. Rhesus lives on both the plains, and in the mountains. Not snow, nor frost do not disturb it too much and do not limit its occurrence. In India, it settles in dense bamboo thickets. It is both an arboreal species, terrestrial, and rocky, however, he spends a significant part of his time on the ground. He is a crawl swimmer and can often be seen in the water in the hot midday hours.

Rhesus has a herd life and most often sticks to the edges of forests. During the day, from sunrise to sunset, with a short break at noon, the herd is constantly on the move looking for food. The food of rhesus is all kinds of fruits and seeds, young roots, insects, spiders, frogs, lizards and other small vertebrates. Rhesus monkeys eat enormous amounts of food at one time, and they do so very quickly. Food, which they cannot chew and swallow right away, they store in huge cheek bags. Appearing in large bands in farmland, and looting abandoned apartments, rhesus monkeys can cause great damage at times. Yet they are not persecuted by humans, to which they relate with great confidence. They also live well with many wild animals. You can often see, like around a tree trunk, on which a herd of rhesus monkeys are sitting, deer flock.