Primates Found in North East India

Context: With the population of monkeys and squirrels exploding in Bajali district in recent times, a section of farmers have been compelled to stop cultivation altogether. The ever-increasing simian population is posing a serious threat to buildings and crops alike, as no plan has yet been adopted by the authorities concerned to control the menace. Squirrels, too, have become a pain in the neck, destroying coconuts and betel nuts at an alarming rate and thereby pushing the farmers to a state of penury

About Primates Found in North East India:

  • Nine of the 14 primate species found in India occur in the Kaziranga National Park, including the newly discovered Arunachal macaque and vulnerable and rare species of Bengal slow loris and hoolock gibbon, the only ape found in India
  • They are:
  • Gee’s Golden Langur
  • Capped Langur
  • Phayre’s Leaf Monkey
  • Assamese Macaque
  • Arunachal Macaque
  • White Cheeked Macaque
  • Stump Tailed Macaque
  • Northern Pig Tailed Macaque
  • Hoolock Gibbon- Only ape found in India
  • Bengal Slow Loris