Nicobar Long-Tailed Macaque

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Recent research in Great Nicobar Island (GNI) shows that habitat alterations can increase human-wildlife conflict, adversely affecting the populations and health of the animals and leaving them vulnerable.

About Nicobar long-tailed macaque

  • It is a subspecies of the larger family of long-tailed macaques found across South-East Asia. 
  • This particular subspecies is distinct from its cousins in appearance, behaviour and geographical location. 
  • The macaque is found in only three of the Nicobar islands—Katchal, Little Nicobar, and Great Nicobar—with GNI being home to the largest population.
  • Protection status
  •  IUCN: Vulnerable

Key facts about Great Nicobar Island (GNI)

  • GNI lies between the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea in a tectonically sensitive zone. The largest of the Nicobar group of islands at 910 square kilometres.
  • Great Nicobar is home to two national parks; Campbell Bay and Galathea National Parks.
  • Tribal groups: The Shompen and Nicobarese tribal peoples reside on this Island.


Q1) What is the location of INS Baaz naval air station?

It is located near Campbell Bay, is under the joint-services Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) of the Indian Armed Forces and it is the southernmost air station of the Indian Armed Forces.

Source:  Flora and fauna of Great Nicobar in great peril