A glimpse into man’s origins with the intelligent Toque Monkey

Yala National Park

Lesser-known facts

The Toque Monkey is a very social species. They live in groups of about up to 40, and usually there are twice as many females than males in the group. You can see that there is a clear order of hierarchy of dominance in the group, with the deciding factors for that being age and sex. For example, the oldest males are at the top of the hierarchy, next being by the younger males, followed by the females whilst non-adult monkeys hold the lowest rank. However, a mother’s rank can affect the rank of their baby, which is accepted by the group.

Where to find them
The Toque Macaque, Macaca sinica - is a species of monkeys endemic to Sri Lanka, and can at times be found even in the southern tip of India. Sri Lanka is a country of several types of forest habitats - and the Toque Macaque can be found in almost all of them; including high and low altitude tropical forests, dry evergreen forests and wet lowland forests. The species of monkeys spends most of its time on trees and is very active during the day. 

Fun facts
The roles within the group are split based on gender - very similar to how humans function. Even amongst the Toque Monkeys, females are the ones who are seen to have complete responsibility for the infants and children, whilst males have very little to do with children. However, the male monkeys will break up any fight between younger members should they start one. 

A notable fact about the monkeys is that they all stay in groups and participate in social grooming. This helps keep them connected to their group’s members - which often result in them staying within the same group for life, however with the exception of a few young males who might switch over to a different group at some point during their young life.




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"Thanks to our guide Avinka we had five great safaris staying four nights just after reopening this February. The staff made us feel so very welcome during the entire stay.

The safaries are just wonderful, and having a great guide in your vehicle makes a big difference. Avinka can spot animals you would never see and we were even lucky enough to sight leopards on the trees, close to our vehicle, and also running through the field. The wildlife is so exciting that you will have a great experience even if you don‘t see any leopards. We also had a great driver, which is essential if you drive through difficult territory. You are being taken care of the entire time, so even for those who do safaris for the first time, you will always feel safe.

The camp itself is very comfortable, you get everything you can think of, and on top of the great food being served with so much attention and friendliness. You also get wonderful vegetarian and vegan options. They put on bonfires at night, which makes it unforgettable.
When booking and making plans, you get great support from the headquarters, even if it gets difficult since you have to change your plans.
The best thing what can happen to you at the end of a vacation is when you are a bit sad to leave the place, having experienced something to remember forever, and the team does everything for this to happen. Thank you so much"

Axel S wrote, Traveled with family
January 2021

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