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Pictures from wildlife in Bhutan: Assam macaque, Gee's golden Langur, Gray Langur, and Black giant squirrel.   

Assam macaque in Bhutan
Assam macaque (Macaca assamensis) in Bhutan.

Assam macaque, also known as Himalayan macaque, is a rather thick-set macaque with a relatively short, well-haired tail. This diurnal macaque lives in Southeast Asia. It prefers dense forest. Assam macaque is omnivorous and feeds on fruits, leaves, invertebrates and cereals. The male Assam macaque is larger than the female. Juvenile Assam macaques vary in coloration, but are generallypaler than the adults.

The species is listed as Near Threatened by IUCN, as it is experiencing significant declines due to hunting and habitat degradation. It is listed in Appendix II of CITES. It is legally protected in all countries of occurrence. A subspecies, the Western Assamese Macaque, may be extinct within the next 50 years without proper management and habitat restoration.

Gee's golden Langur, in Bhutan
Gee's golden Langur (Trachypithecus geei), in Bhutan.

Langurs have long been considered sacred by Himalayan peoples. Golden Langurs are also known as Gee's golden langurs. Named after their gorgeously colored coats, they spend most of the day in the forest tree tops, rarely descending to the ground.  

The coat of the adult golden langur ranges from cream to golden; on its flanks and chest, the hairs are darker and often rust colored. The golden langur has a black face and a very long tail measuring up to 50 cm (19.69 in) in length.

Gee's golden langur is currently listed as an endangered species by IUCN. Because of deforestation, occasional poaching and loss of habitat in Assam (India), Bhutan has become the last bastion for their survival as a species. In a part of Bhutan, Golden Langur has hybridized with the capped langur (Trachypithecus pileatus).

Gray Langur in Bhutan
Gray Langur (Semnopithecus entellus) in Bhutan.

The gray langur, also known as Hanuman langur, is a large monkey. There are seven species or sub-species of Gray Langur. At least some species are represented in Tibet, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal, India, China, Bhutan and Bangladesh.

Gray langurs are mostly vegetarian. They move primarily in a quadrupedal fashion both terrestrially and arboreally. They live sympatrically with a number of other primates across their distribution

 The black giant squirrel (Ratufa bicolor) in Bhutan
The black giant squirrel (Ratufa bicolor) in Bhutan.

The black giant squirrel, also known as Malayan giant squirrel is one of the largest squirrels in the world. It is found in forests in Southeast Asia. It is diurnal and arboreal. Fruits, seeds, young leaves, and occasionally insects make up its diet.

The black giant squirrel is listed by IUCN as near threatened due to widespread habitat loss through much of its range. It is also over-harvested for food.


 

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