WILDLIFE -- Impressing the Troop: Toque Macaques

Surviving life in a monkey social hierarchy

The ancient Sri Lankan city of Polonnaruwa has become the domain of an extraordinary population of toque macaques.
All the monkey residents follow a strict social hierarchy, with each troop being ruled by an alpha male. The dominant monkey holds the most lucrative of breeding positions and only allows a handful of older males into his group. Many of Polonnaruwa's young males set out on a quest to join a troop. To gain full membership the ambitious monkeys must first impress their desired group's alpha. When the toque macaque's favorite fruit comes into season, rival troops engage in brutal battles to gain access to the vital commodity. The fruit season will be a test for the young males to gain the trust of their troop's alpha.