MANGABEYS

The mangabey tribe, Papionini, includes two genera, Cercocebus with nine species and two subspecies, and Lophocebus two species and five subspecies.

CRESTED MANGABEYS

Genus: Lophocebus

Lophocebus aterrimus

CONSERVATION STATUS: NEAR THREATENED

Black crested mangabeys. also called black mangabeys, are native to Central Africa, occupying the Democratic Republic of the Congo, south of the Congo River (previously known as the Zaire River), and possibly extinct in Angola. They are found in primary and secondary rainforests, gallery forests, and swamp lands, and…

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Lophocebus albigena

CONSERVATION STATUS: VULNERABLE

The gray-cheeked mangabey, also known as the white-cheeked mangabey, can be found in the forests of Central Africa, from Cameroon in the north to Gabon in the south. These large monkeys are almost completely arboreal and rarely come to the ground. They prefer to use the upper to middle layer of the canopy as they travel from tree to tree looking for food. Mangabeys are adapted to live in different types…

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WHITE-EYELID MANGABEYS

Genus: Cercocebus

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Cercocebus agilis

CONSERVATION STATUS: LEAST CONCERN

Agile mangabeys are Old World monkeys found north of the Congo River to Garamba and the Semliki River. They are present in Cameroon, northeast Gabon, northern Congo, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic, and possible Equatorial Guinea. Agile mangabeys are found primarily in…

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Cercocebus chrysogaster

CONSERVATION STATUS: ENDANGERED

Golden-bellied mangabeys are Old World monkeys endemic to the Democratic Republic of Congo in equatorial Central Africa. Home for most individuals is the sedimentary Congo Basin. Prior to being classified as its own species, the golden-bellied mangabey (Cercocebus chrysogaster) had been considered a subspecies of…

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Cercocebus torquatus

CONSERVATION STATUS: VULNERABLE

The red-capped mangabey, also known as the collared mangabey or the white-collared mangabey, is an Old World monkey native to the Atlantic coast of West and Central Africa, occupying the Atlantic forest coastal regions of Cameroon, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and Nigeria. Swamp, mangrove, and valley forests are…

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Cercocebus sanjei

CONSERVATION STATUS: ENDANGERED

Sanje mangabeys, also known as Sanje River mangabeys and Sanje crested mangabeys, are Old World monkeys native to Tanzania, a sovereign state of eastern Africa. They occur only in Tanzania’s Udzungwa Mountains, residing on the eastern slopes at a wide range of altitudes from 1,312 to 4,266 ft (400-1,300 m) above…

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Cercocebus atys

CONSERVATION STATUS: VULNERABLE

The sooty mangabey, also known as the white-crowned or white-collared mangabey, is a mostly terrestrial Old World monkey. Endemic to Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Senegal, and Sierra Leone, they have been eradicated from many regions within their range. They are considered to be mostly…

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Cercocebus galeritus

CONSERVATION STATUS: CRITICALLY ENDANGERED

The Tana River mangabey, also known as the Tana River crested mangabey, is endemic to a small stretch of floodplain forests along the Tana River in Kenya. They occupy about 27 small (under 1,200 acre/5 km²) forests, many of which are fragmented, both naturally and anthropogenically. The species’ entire range is less…

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