Mangabey (White-crowned)

Mangabey (White-crowned)

Mangabaí bánchorónach

  • Scientific name: Cercocebus ATYS lunulatus
  • IUCN status: Listed
  • Habitat: West Africa – rainforest and mangroves
  • Diet: Mainly herbivore – fruit, nuts, seeds, insects and spiders

The population of white-crowned mangabeys has been seriously reduced by over-hunting for bush meat and habitat destruction and there are thought to be only a few thousand remaining in fragmented groups. Much of their day is spent foraging for food in the dense forest undergrowth but these engaging little primates keep in contact with each other at all times with constant calling.

Keeper’s Secret

When together, mangabeys communicate by blinking their white eyelids.

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