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Grey-cheeked Mangabey-This greyish-black monkey has few distinguishing features. It has baboon-like mannerisms, a shaggier appearance than any guenon, light-grey cheeks and a slight mane. Grey-cheeked mangabeys live in lowland and mid-altitude forests.
Habitat and Ecology
Mangabeys live in groups, called troops, of between ten and 40 individuals, usually led by one or several males. When younger males reach maturity, they leave their troop and join another, while females stay with their natal group throughout their life.
All Mangabeys are arboreal, spending most of the time in the upper canopy and excellent jumpers, but the Grey-cheeked Mangabey’s tail is strong enough to help it hook on to branches are they leap through the forest.
This primate‘s Diet is highly diverse and consists mainly of fruit, seeds, nuts as well as buds, shoots, leaves and flowers.
Adult male Mangabeys produce a distinctive ‘Whoop-Gobble’ sound. There are nine species of Mangabey in all and each troop has its own home range in an effort to avoid confrontations.
In Uganda, they are most likely to be seen in the Kibale Forest, where they are common, as well as in Semliki National Park.
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