Meet the Mandrill monkey

mandrillThe Mandrill holds the distinction of being one of the largest species of monkeys in the world.

  • The male mandrill (Mandrillus sphinx) or man-ape of equatorial West Africa has an average head and body length of 61-76 cm (24-30 in) and a tail length of 5.2-7.6 cm (2-3 in).
  • Males will grow to be about 3 feet tall and will live as long as 25 years, females too will live to be about 20 years old. They do not breed until between 3 and 4 years of age.
  • Adult males weigh an average of 25 kg (55 lb), although specimens weighting up to 54 kg (119 lb) and measuring 50.8 cm (20 in) to the shoulder have been known.
  • They can weigh in at close to 60 pounds for males and forty pounds for the females who are a great deal smaller.
  • The mandrill is also one of the most colourful mammals, recognised by its naked vivid-blue rump, red-striped face and yellow beard.

Mandrills have a very unique olive color to their fur and a very distinct coloration to their backside and face, which grows more pronounced as they get older and reach maturity.  The female’s colors are duller in color but as they come into breeding season the color is more pronounced.

Other facts

  • Mandrills live in the rainforest of Gabon and the Congo areas as well as near the equator in Guinea.
  • They are very social and live as many other monkeys’ do, in large groups of animals including male’s, females and juveniles and infants. The group is led by a single dominant male who usually remains solitary.
  • Mandrills are omnivores, which mean they will eat both vegetation and animal flesh. They forage daily for food, taking insects and small animals as well as vegetation.
  • The leopard has a particular liking for Mandrill and is one of the main predators that will take the monkeys.