9 Species of Primates Found in North East India

North East India support variety of flora and fauna, there are many threatened and endangered wild animal species found living in the region. Nine of the 14 primate species found in India occur in the Kaziranga National Park, including the newly discovered Arunachal macaque and vulnerable and rare species of Bengal slow loris and hoolock gibbon, the only ape found in India.

Gee’s Golden Langur (Trachypithecus geei)

golden langur

Golden Langur only found in a small region of of Assam and listed as most endangered primate species of India. Kakoijana reserved forest of Assam is famous for endangered golden langur as well as for rarest and highly endangered Binturong.

Capped Langur (Trachypithecus pileatus)


Capped Langur is one of the four subspecies of lutung, found living in the inner line reserved forest of Assam. The monkeys is a large lutung with a cap like feature on its head, hence got his name.

Phayre’s Leaf Monkey (Trachypithecus phayrei)


Phayre’s Leaf Monkey also known as Phayre’s langur is the species of lutung found in India. The Endangered Phayre’s langur known for its beautiful spectacled looks and state animal of Tripura.

Assamese Macaque (Macaca assamensis)

Assam Macaque is arboreal and terrestrial species of monkey, endemic to Northeastern states of India. This species is listed as Near Threatened due to the pet trade and habitat degradation.

Arunachal Macaque (Macaca munzala)

Arunachal Macaque

Arunachal Macaque is native to Arunachal Pradesh state and lives only at high altitudes. This monkey is highly endangered in India and also discovered in Bhutan.

White Cheeked Macaque (Macaca leucogenys)

White Cheeked Macaque is the new species of macaque, found only in Arunachal Pradesh state of India. This monkey lives in forest habitats and threatened by deforestation.

Stump Tailed Macaque (Macaca arctoides)

Stump Tailed Macaque is also known as bear macaque, found in south of the Brahmaputra river. The vulnerable species extend its range from Assam, Meghalaya to Nagaland.

Northern Pig Tailed Macaque (Macaca leonina)

Pig Tailed Macaque

Northern Pig Tailed Macaque also found south of the Brahmaputra river in North East states of India. This monkey is one of the least known species of primate found in India.

Hoolock Gibbon (Hoolock hoolock)


Hoolock Gibbon the only ape found in India and second largest of the gibbons. Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary in Assam contains India’s only gibbons and also India’s only nocturnal primate – the Bengal slow loris.

– Bengal Slow Loris (Nycticebus bengalensis)

Bengal Slow Loris is nocturnal and arboreal primate species native to the Indian subcontinent. It is the largest species of slow loris, lives in small family groups and one of the exotic pet found in India, listed as vulnerable.

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