The Mandrill is known for its colorful face, which looks almost artificial. They are quickly disappearing because of deforestation and because people hunt them for their meat.
Body length: 50-95cm
Tail length: 7-12cm
(Source: Shinsekai Zetsumetsukiki Doubutsu Zukan* (Library Edition) Gakken) (*Illustrated Encyclopedia of New World Endangered Animals)
They live in the African rainforest, in countries like the Republic of Cameroon and the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.
They like to eat fruits and leaves from plants and sometimes eat insects as well.
Mandrills have cheek pouches that they use to hold food to eat at a later time. They can store about as much food in this pouch as their stomach.
The primate that is known for its colorful face
The Mandrill is a primate with a surprisingly colorful face. The male's face is especially colorful, with patterns in red and light blue. It looks more like something made out of plastic than animal skin. The color of the female's face is plainer and its body is about half the size of male Mandrill. When we see them at the zoo this difference is so big that it is easy to mistake them for parent and child.
There are concerns that they will go extinct because forest are shrinking and they are being hunted as food
The forests in Africa are shrinking and the number of Mandrills is decreasing as they run out of places to live. Additionally in Africa, Mandrill meat is known as a delicacy. Forests are dwindling and now as Mandrill habitat gets closer to villages, hunting them to sell as food is on the rise. If things continue like this, the Mandrill could become known as an animal with an unusual face that lived long ago, only visible in picture books.
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