Mangabey (Red Capped)

Mangabey (Red Capped)


  • Scientific name: Cercocebus torquatus
  • IUCN status: Vulnerable 
  • Habitat: Western and Central Africa –coastal, swamp, mangrove and valley forests.  
  • Diet: Fruits, leaves, nuts and hard-shelled seeds


The smallest of all existing tiger subspecies, Sumatran tigers are perfectly adapted to life in the rainforest. They move easily through the forest and
they are very capable swimmers. Only 300 to 400 of these cats survive in the wild, mainly in national parks. They are hunted for their body parts, which are highly priced in far Eastern traditional medicine.
Red-capped mangabeys are quite vocal and the resonance in their calls can be heard a kilometre away. They cackle, call and bark to keep in touch and to tell other troops they are around. Mangabey adult males have larger throat pouches than the females. 
By presenting their rear end to a higher-ranking animal, they are showing their peaceful intentions.  
The red-capped mangabeys share the Gorilla Rainforest with the Zoo’s gorilla troop because the distribution of western lowland gorillas and red-capped mangabeys in the wild overlaps.

Keeper’s Secret

These monkeys also communicate by waving their long tails and flashing their bright white eyelids

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