Category: Africa Primates

Mangabey Monkey Tracking

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Are you a primate enthusiast and you are planning to visit Uganda this coming holiday? Have you ever thought about tracking the rarest primates in your life? Did you know that the Mangabey monkeys can be tracked in Uganda? For primate lovers who are interested in catching a glimpse at the unique Uganda Mangabey monkey, Mabira Forest Reserve should be one of the spots that you shouldn’t leave out on your bucket list.

The mangabey monkeys are scientifically known as Lophocebus Ugandae and they thrive in Mabira forest approximately 45 minutes drive off Kampala city center. The site is strategically located along Jinja highway so that even tourists on self drive tour in Uganda can easily stop over on their way to or from Jinja. The incredible primates in Mabira forest thrive in other parts like Bugoma forest, Semuliki, Kibale National Park, Lwamunda and Sango bay; however the biggest number thrives within the Mabira Forest Reserve.

These incredible primates are believed to be descendants of the ancient world monkey and previously believed to belong to the grey cheeked mangabey. However, it is a rare species of its own compared to the famous grey cheeked mangabey, they have smaller face, smaller and shorter skull. With these amazing species, Uganda is proud to be a primate world with more than 19 distinct primate species.

There are suggestions that these endangered species should also be included in IUCN Redbook list of endangered species just like most apes like mountain gorillas and chimpanzees.

They mostly spend much of their time in the jungles and especially at the forest canopy; they depend much on fruits especially on figs and also shoots, flowers and insects. They stay in troops of five and more to even 30. They are mainly terrestrial although they can even go beyond and for lifetime experiences, Mabira forest features 2 incredible groups that are set for tourism. They are habituated and this means that they are used to human presence while they are exploring them in the wild. Like mountain gorillas, golden monkeys, chimpanzees, the Uganda Mangabey monkeys can also be tracked in the similar way.

Other activities that are offered in Mabira forest that you should consider including in your travel plan are forest walks, birding, cultures especially with the local drama group, zip line adventures and butterfly identification and many more.

For visitor stay, Mabira rain forest lodge is luxury facility that you should consider booking and for budget visitors, Griffin Falls Camp is the best choice for you to make.

Mangabey monkey tracking in Uganda is conducted in Mabira forest which is one of the few tropical rainforests that are left in Africa today. This forest offers refuge to the largest number of these unique species for you to spot while on your vacation in Uganda. For primate lovers, this is an incredible site to include in your bucket list and you won’t regret in life. If you are planning to travel to this magical destination, expect more than birds, mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, the big five game, or adrenaline adventures at the source of the Nile and many more as you also have a chance to catch a glimpse at the rare Uganda Mangabey Monkeys while in their natural habitats.

African Primates – L’Hoest and Colobus Monkeys

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L’ Hoest Monkey

They are commonly found in Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo is a very dark.
L’hoest Monkeys are richly colored animal with a pure white chin ruff framing on the face and white patches under their eyes. L’ hoest Monkeys are also called Mountain Monkey.

Males L’hoest monkeys are larger than the females and have bright mauve testes. The leave and move in troops of about 17 individuals dominated by females under the leadership of two adult males.african-primates

L’hoest Monkeys feed on leaves, seeds, flowers, fruits and insects; occasionally will eat bird eggs, lizards and even small birds.

The number of L’hoest monkeys is declining due to poaching, deforestation especially in Democratic Republic of Congo where they are hunted for meat. Therefore, it is true to argue that the L’hoest monkey is facing a high risk of extinction in the wild.

In Uganda, L’hoest Monkeys are found in Kibale, Kalinzu and Kalinzu which are medium altitude forest. In Rwanda, L’hoest monkeys are found in Nyungwe forest and Kahuzi Biega National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo.

Black and White Colobus Monkeys

Colobus are large monkeys with a head and body length longer at 78cm. Fur is black with white or greyish whiskers and epaulettes and a white tail. There is no thumb or greatly reduced. Newborn infants are pure white, obtaining their adult markings by 3 – 4 months. Colobus monkeys live in African forests and move in troops of 3 – 15 members, while the red colobus live in larger groups with many males. They rarely come to the ground, but they do it occasionally to pick up fallen fruit.

Black and White Colobus Monkeys in Rwanda
Black and White Colobus Monkeys in Rwanda

Black – and – white colobus monkeys feed on both young and mature leaves, but they also eat fruit, flowers and woody twigs. In Uganda, they are found in Bwindi Impenetrable National park, Semiliki National park, Kibale forest National park and in Rwanda, they are found in Nyungwe Forest National park with a semi-habituated troop of 400 species.