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Monkey Spa: How Grooming Wins Lion-tailed Macaques Favours and Food

Females spend hours grooming themselves and each other. Its an excellent way to make friends, stay clean and win favours from elders

Lion-tailed macaques live in closely-knit troops of about 20, led by a single powerful male. Grooming is an important activity that keeps them together. It serves two functions: it helps them stay clean, and forms healthy bonds. Often, the lower-rank females groom the senior, dominant females to appease them. In return, they get food, protection or just tolerance. Sometimes the barter is simply for pleasure.

See a photo essay on the lion-tailed macaques here. And read a story on what it is like to spot them in the wild here.

Neha Dixit
Neha Dixit

is a filmmaker whose work focuses on environmental documentaries and sustainable tourism for television and digital platforms. Her work has been driven by choices that are gentle on Earth.

Sustain Team
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We are a driven group of people from diverse backgrounds, bound by an abiding love for India’s natural world.

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