Macaque, (genus Macaca), any of more than 20 species of gregarious Old World monkeys, all of which are Asian except for the Barbary macaque of North Africa. Macaques are robust primates whose arms and legs are of about the same length.
The study in Bali found that most macaque bites don't break the skin, but a wound could allow transmission of herpes B, which can be fatal to humans. Baboons, which sometimes attack humans in Africa, are much more dangerous: They're bigger and less predictable, and they're armed with 3-inch-long canines.
Macaques generally have short tails, ranging from one centimeter to 25 percent of their head and body length. A few species have tails longer than their body and head. Many spend most of its time on the ground and has little use of their tail. ... Macaques have the characteristics of fruit-eating monkeys.
Generally, macaques are not aggressive," she says. "But if they're provoked, they will respond, like any animal will."
The macaques would hunt rats while they sheltered inside trees, making the rodents easy prey. ... Rats damage around 10 percent of palm oil crops by eating their fruit, according to estimates. So scientists now say than rather than being a pest, the macaques can instead be seen as a natural pest-controller.