BLACK CRESTED MANGABEYLophocebus aterrimus
Conservation Status: Vulnerable
Poaching of this species for the bushmeat trade is intensifying, and much of the forest in its range is now almost “empty” of large mammals. Because of its relatively large body size, the Black Mangabey is more attractive to hunters than the smaller monkeys with which it shares its range. The species is also threatened by habitat loss and is suspected to have declined by at least 30% over the past three generations (30 years).
1.5 – 2.5 feet
Up to 30 years
West Central Africa
Mainly fruits and nuts, shoots and roots when fruit is scarce.
This diurnal, arboreal primate. Lives in social groups of 14-20 individuals.
1. Wide variety of vocal sounds, suggest a complex web of social relations
2. Does not actively defend home territories.