Scientists estimate that just 2,500 mature lion-tailed macaques remain in India's Western Ghats. Here's why.
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How lion-tailed macaques are endangered

The number of lion-tailed macaques — a type of monkey indigenous to India’s Western Ghats — is declining. Scientists estimate that just 2,500 mature macaques remain in the wild. Further, their population is expected to suffer an estimated decline of more than 20% in the next 25 years. Decades of urban sprawl have eaten into their habitat — they do not live, feed or travel through plantations. The shy and frugivorous primate typically prefers upper canopies of evergreen rainforests. Researchers have also observed that the monkey is being steadily replaced by the aggressive rhesus monkey from northern parts of the country.

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