Search Search

From Treetops to Trash: The Lion-tailed Macaques’ Fight for Survival

Lion-tailed macaques live on treetops and need connected canopies to travel, but the destruction of forests is forcing them to descend to the floor and look for food in the trash

The lion-tailed macaques of the Western Ghats are arboreal monkeys, which means they live, eat, and sleep among trees and rarely descend on the forest floor. They need continuous, connected canopies to travel around the forest in search of food and shelter. Due to large scale destruction of forests, and construction of new roads that slice through their habitat, continuous canopies are now broken. Food is scarce. Their search for food brings them close to human habitation, where troop members eat what is available, as quickly as they can. Their home is vulnerable and their survival at risk.

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
Sustain Team

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

Related Stories for You


RoundGlass Sustain is a media-rich resource on India’s natural world.


Enabling Holistic Wellbeing & Meaningful Living


RoundGlass Sustain is a media-rich resource on India’s natural world.

Enabling Wholistic Wellbeing & Meaningful Living