Apparently, everyone’s favorite adorable “selfie monkey” is cute enough to eat—literally, in Indonesia.
The crested black macaque became legendary after one of them, Naruto, took a selfie of himself in 2011 and catapulted into internet stardom. Though approximately 2,000 of the macaques remain protected in one of the country’s reserves, the primate is now critically endangered due to over-hunting, according to a new report from Seeker.
Activists on Sulawesi island have been trying to convince locals to stop consuming the crested black macaque. The population has dropped approximately 80 percent in the past four decades alone. Macaques play a key role in Indonesian ecosystems by helping to spread seeds. Read more…