Year of 2017

Rhesus macaques in the Wulingyuan wilderness of China

Sometimes called rhesus monkeys, these macaques are common in both wild and urban areas across Asia. Here in the Wulingyuan wilderness of China, they’ve adapted to the cold winter temperatures, though it’s tough to tell from this photo if they actually enjoy the snow. Rhesus macaques, like chimpanzees, share much of the same genetic material as humans, and were used in research to help decode DNA and the human genome.

The rhesus macaque is one of the best-known species of Old World monkeys. It is listed as Least Concern in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and its tolerance of a broad range of habitats. Native to South, Central, and Southeast Asia, troops of M. mulatta inhabit a great variety of habitats, from grasslands to arid and forested areas, but also close to human settlements.
Scientific name: Macaca mulatta
Weight: 11.68 pound (5.30 kg) on average (Female) · 16.98 pound (7.70 kg) (Male)
Tail length: 8.27 inch (21 cm) – 9.06 inch (23 cm) on average
Length: 18.50 inch (47 cm) on average (Female) · 20.87 inch (53 cm) on average (Male)