Rhesus Macaques (Macaca mulatta) grooming each other in Bharatpur National Park or Keoladeo Ghana Sanctuary. Rajasthan. INDIA
Macaques live in forest edges and in or near villages, towns and temples from up to 2,400 meters elevation in the Himalayas. They are diurnal monkeys and although often shy in the forests, become quite bold in urban areas. They walk and run on all fours feeding on the ground and in trees. They are gregarious and live in troops of up to 50 animals. They are also known to be good swimmers. The feed on insects, shoots, fruit and seeds as well as cultivated crops and small animals. They often store food in their cheek pouches to be eaten later. These monkeys are often captured by rural entertainers to train for village shows.