Q. Consider the following statements regarding Lion-tailed macaque:
1. It is endemic to Himalayan region.
2. It is in the ‘endangered’ category of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
Lion-tailed macaque (Macaca silenus), a primate endemic to small and severely fragmented rainforests of the Western Ghats in Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, continues to be in the ‘endangered’ category in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
- As per the technical report, the total wild population of the lion-tailed macaque (LTM) could be about 4,000 individuals consisting of less than 2,500 mature individuals, made up of 47 isolated sub-populations in seven different locations in the three States.
- The population is expected to suffer an estimated decline of over 20% in the next 25 years due to varied reasons including hunting, road kills and habitat loss, it said.
- Though the conservation status of the LTM had improved from ‘endangered’ in the first assessment in 1990 to ‘vulnerable’ in 1994, its status has remained endangered since 1996.