Rhesus Macaques (Macaca mulatta) are Old World monkeys found throughout Asia (South, Central, and Southeast). They are listed as Least Concern under the IUCN Red List due to their ability to adapt to a variety of habitats. In fact, Rhesus Macaques can easily live near or with humans. In India, it is not uncommon to see them live in or near temples. The Galtaji temple near Jaipur, India is also known as the “monkey temple” due to the large populations of Rhesus Macaques within the temple confines. These clever monkeys have also gone to space in the 1950’s during the very beginning of the space age.
On occasion I will spotlight different critters that interest me. The Rhesus Macaques is the first “Animal of Interest” post. More to come!
About the Illustration: Pens and markers in a somewhat classical Indian artistic style.