Monday, March 7, 2016

Vaalpaarai Trip - Lion-tailed Macaque Monkey Darshan!

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This is the third post on our 'Vaalpaarai Trip'.  Have a look at the First part here and the Second part here!

As I told in the earlier post, we started very early with Sachin, to have a look at the rare birds and animals at the Briar Tea Estate.  It is still green green (!) literally, in my memory! The misty air, the sounds of different types of birds...heard Elephant's sound (trumpet) also from far away! Heavenly feeling! Saw a few grey horn bill birds which live mostly in this region, we were told. We saw some Elephant stool also on the walking path in between the tea plants.  It was still wet and Sachin said that they must have walked on this path just a couple of hours back.  He had seen tiger also once, it seems! No, we didn't see...I should be an athlete to run away if I see one! He showed where he saw...it was very close! And now, to the 'Lion-tailed Macaque' monkeys! They are one of the endangered species.  They are seen mainly in the Western ghat forest area.  Since the forest area is becoming less and less, the animals which live here also are diminishing day by day.  Human greediness. They don't fancy humans, it seems...naturally! But here, in India, the population is not alarmingly diminishing because of the positive steps taken by the State Governments, Wiki says.

Wiki also says: It primarily eats indigenous fruits, leaves, buds, insects and small vertebrates in virgin forest.

Notice the long snout and the fluffy mane! Click on the pictures pl.

I like the gait with which he is walking on the tree...they live mostly on trees, it seems!

Notice the fluffy tip of the tail! Lion-tailed macaque monkey, this is!

Relaxing!

Itchy?!
Singing?!

Posing!
Playing!
Naughty children! We saw many young ones playing there! They were moving very fast and so it was very difficult to click!
Sachin, the Naturalist, who took us here said that most of the days, they are not visible to tourists.  We were lucky on that day! We had a good darshan of Hanuman, the Hindu God(s)!



P.S.: I would like to add my friend, Jeevan's comment here: 'there’s this place before entering valparai town, you could notice foresters have made hanging bridges for them to cross the road or prevent hitting from vehicle. It’s really good to see the forest department taking action to preserve these monkeys'.

6 comments :

Jeevan said...

Wow! The stills look alike coming from the national geography or animal plant… Brilliant photos! I too have seen lion tailed macaques in Valparai and mostly near the Valapari town and there’s this place before entering valparai town, you could notice foresters have made hanging bridges for them to cross the road or prevent hitting from vehicle. It’s really good to see the forest department taking action to preserve these monkeys.

Sandhya said...

JEEVAN: Thanks for the information about the bridges! Feel very bad for not noticing it. Wiki says that the state govt. is taking action, so the monkeys are protected. This is one method I think. Thank you, Jeevan!

Destination Infinity said...

Nice pics. Good to know about the man-made bridges for monkeys. Must visit valparai someday.

Destination Infinity

KParthasarathi said...

The extremely nice pictures of the monkeys amidst the green surroundings have added value to the post.The intrusion of elephants and once by tiger in the pathways is scary.

Sandhya said...

DESTINATION INFINITY: Unfortunately we didn't notice it! Great job by the Govt.


KPARTHASARATHI: Though their face is not as lovely as Langur's these monkeys have their own charm. Thank you, KP!

Rahul Bhatia said...

This was very interesting, Sandhya

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