White Naped Mangabey
Cercocebus atys lunulatus
Females: 11-18 lbs
MalesL 15-27 lbs
Name of Young
- The white naped mangabey is one of the most endangered primates. They are now only found in the forests of Ghana and Cote d’lvoire.
- Mangabeys are terrestrial meaning they spend much of their time on the ground. They forage the forest floor for fruit, seeds, and insects.
- Mangabeys are omnivores and have a reasonably varied diet, but mainly eat fruit. They have strong canine teeth so they can crack open the shells of nuts and seeds. They also have cheek pouches for storing food.
- The genus name “cercocebus” means “tail monkey”. This is appropriate since mangabey’s have tails longer than their bodies.
- Mangabeys are social and live in troops. Troops are usually led by one male, sometimes more in larger groups. When a male reaches maturity, he will leave to find his own group or live on his own.
Did You Know?
The group name Mangabey is a reference to a city called Mangabe which is on the island of Madagascar. However, there are no mangabey monkeys native to Madagascar;they are found on the main African continent.