Rilawa (Toque Macaque or Macaca Sinica)


Rilawa kids
Rilaw Kids spotted at Gal Piyuma Aranya(Monastery) in Kebethigollawa

Rilawa is a member of monkey family. They also known as Toque Macaque or Macaca Sinica and commonly found in Sri Lankan Jungles.

Relawa
Rilawa

Rilawa is endemic to Sri Lanka. Tourists can easily spot Rilaw in many religious and historical places in Sri Lanka. Rilaw troops are notorious for destroying human belongings and crops. They are cleverer than normal monkeys and even use to come inside houses for searching for foods. Farmers used to use air rifles to chased away them

Rilaw in Sigiriya
Rilaw in Sigiriya

Rilawas are not a vegetarians. They even eat eggs of birds. Rilaw even attack humans and bite them. If you got bite by a Rilawa, you need to get vaccinated for rabies. One common advice is not to promote for feeding them.

Rilawa
Rilawa

More information available in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toque_macaque

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