Mandrill - Mysterious primate from the West African jungle

mandrill There's quite a good chance to encounter Mandrills (Mandrillus sphinx) in zoos, but in their natural habitat, the West African forests, these baboons are hardly studied and little is known about their behaviour. It's very hard to follow Mandrills through the undergrowth and moreover they are very shy and try to escape human observation immediately. A fact is, that adult, dominant males are among the most colourful mammals. Very impressive is the blue and red "warpaint" of their faces.

Which zoos have them?
Artis (Netherlands), Brookfield Zoo (United States) and Los Angeles Zoo (United States)

The Mandrill is listed as Vulnerable (VU), considered to be facing a high risk of extinction in the wild, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Some facts about the
Mandrill

Adult weight : 23 kg (50.6 lbs)

Maximum longevity : 40 years

Female maturity :1186 days

Gestation : 173 days

Weaning : 354 days

Litter size : 1

Litters per year : 1

Interval between litters : 532 days

Weight at birth : 0.613 kg (1.3486 lbs)

Weight at weaning : 3 kg (6.6 lbs)

Source: AnAge, licensed under CC

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