Successful Rhesus Macaques
Many ancient cities, like Bharatpur in Northern India, are a home for rhesus macaques. Since the city's first foundation, generations of these wild animals have lived side by side with people.
To be so successful, they've had to be adaptable and aggressive, as individuals and as a tribe. But even in this robust society, youngsters are well protected in early life. Individuals can live as long as twenty five years.
The daily routines of Bharatpur's people shape the lifestyles of the macaques. They know that wherever humans go, they leave a trail of feeding opportunities. In some colonies the majority of food items are sourced directly from human sources, either as direct handouts or from the monkey's ability to forage, amongst garbage. And by raiding crops macaques have access to a large range of cultivated fruits and vegetables.
Rhesus macaques are geographically widespread and are common throughout mainland Asia, from Afghanistan to India, through Thailand and southern China.
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