Females: 22-26 in
Males: 55-77 lbs
Troop or Horde
Up to 20
Name of Young
- Mandrills are one of the largest species of monkey. The males are easily recognized by the bright colors on their faces and rears.
- The male’s brightly colored rear end is attractive to females. It also helps them to follow each other in the forest.
- Mandrills live in troops, also called “hordes”, typically led by the largest and most colorful male. Occasionally, males will live on their own and only join a horde during the breeding season.
- One way they communicate is through facial expressions. When a mandrill curls back its lips to expose their teeth and shake their heads it is called “grinning” and is a peaceful gesture.
- Mandrills are omnivores and will eat both vegetation and meat. They prefer fruit, but also eat leaves, seeds, fungus, insects, eggs, and even small animals. They have cheek pouches to store food.
Did You Know?
Male and female mandrills are sexually dimorphic and can be easily distinguished. The colors are more pronounced in male mandrills. Males also have longer canine teeth and are much taller and heavier than females.