Celebes Crested Macaque Monkey Skull


Despite being critically endangered, Crested Black Macaque are still unprotected outside of Tangkoko reserve, and they are regularly hunted and slaughtered. They are easily caught and killed, as they have no fear of humans.


Celebes Crested Macaque Monkey Skull Replica measures 5.9 in. Celebes Crested Macaque Monkey Skull is museum quality polyurethane cast. 2-part skull (separate cranium & jaw). Skull is Male. Made in USA. California Academy of Sciences Specimen. Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home décor skull, or office décor skull.

Celebes crested macaque monkey or Macaca nigra, also known as the Crested Black Macaque, Sulawesi crested macaque, or the black ape, is an Old World monkey that lives in the Tangkoko reserve in the northeastern tip of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi (Celebes), as well as on smaller neighboring islands.

Locally known as yaki or wolai, Celebes crested macaque monkey or Macaca nigra skin and hairless face is, with the exception of some white hair in the shoulder range, entirely jet black.

Unusual for a primate, it has striking reddish-brown eyes. The long muzzle with high cheeks and the long hair tuft, or crest, at the top of the head are remarkable features.

Celebes crested macaque monkey or Macaca nigra has an “apelike” appearance due to its almost non-existent, non-visible, vestigial tail stub of only approximately 1 in. With a total body length of 7 in. to 24 in. and a weight of 8 lb. to 23 lb., it is one of the smaller macaque species. Its life expectancy is estimated at approximately 20 years in the wild.

Celebes crested macaque monkey or Macaca nigra lives typically in groups of five to twenty-five animals, and occasionally in groups of up to seventy-five animals.

Smaller groups have only a single adult male, while larger groups have up to four adult males. Adult females always outnumber adult males by about 4:1.

Because Celebes crested macaque monkey or Macaca nigra devastate crops and fields, they are hunted as a pest. It is also hunted to provide bushmeat. Clearing the rain forests further threatens its survival.

Its situation on the small neighboring islands of Sulawesi (such as Bacan) is somewhat better, since these have a low human population.

The total population of the Celebes crested macaque monkey or Macaca nigra on Sulawesi is estimated at 4,000–6,000, while a booming population of up to 100,000 monkeys is found on Bacan.

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Weight 3 lbs
Dimensions 5.9 in
Celebes Crested Macaque Monkey Facts

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Haplorhini
Infraorder: Simiiformes
Family: Cercopithecidae
Genus: Macaca
Species: M. nigra
Binomial name: Macaca nigra
Conservation status: Critically Endangered