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This Alpha Male Macaque Has Made a Risky Decision

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This Alpha Male Macaque Has Made a Risky Decision

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Lion-tailed macaque Rajan has made a difficult choice: his troop will leave their tree home and head down onto the ground in search for food. It could put the troop in mortal danger.

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Lion-tailed macaques are among the rarest species of monkeys. In the montane forests of the Western Ghats in India, an alpha male named Rajan sits atop an unusually large, 80-strong troop. But with their food supplies dwindling, Rajan must lead his troop down their treetop homes and beyond the bounds of their territory, putting them at the mercy of any number of ground-based predators. To lead is to make difficult decisions, and Rajan is hoping his instincts are correct.

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