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Golden Monkey

Golden Monkey

Golden monkeys are a species of Old World monkey found in the highland forests of East Africa. Particularly in the Virunga Mountains and nearby areas.

Here’s some information about golden monkeys:


The golden monkey (Cercopithecus kandti) is a species of monkey belonging to the Cercopithecidae family. They are closely related to other monkeys in the Cercopithecus genus, such as blue monkeys and vervet monkeys.


Golden monkeys are named for their striking golden-orange fur. Which covers much of their body, including their back, sides, and limbs. They have a darker fur color on their upper arms, legs, and tail. As well as a characteristic golden patch of fur on their upper back. Their faces are black. With white markings around their eyes and a small crest of fur on their forehead.


Golden monkeys primarily inhabit bamboo forests and montane forests at elevations ranging from 1,900 to 3,800 meters (6,200 to 12,500 feet) above sea level. They are found in the Virunga Massif. Which spans the borders of Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as well as in other highland forests in the region.


Golden monkeys are diurnal and primarily arboreal, spending much of their time foraging and moving through the forest canopy. They are highly social animals. Typically living in groups consisting of multiple males, females, and their offspring. Group sizes can range from a few individuals to over 100 monkeys. Depending on factors such as food availability and habitat quality.


Golden monkeys are omnivores, with a diet that includes a variety of foods such as bamboo shoots, leaves, fruits, flowers, insects, and small invertebrates. Bamboo makes up a significant portion of their diet, especially in areas where it is abundant.


Golden monkeys are classified as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Due to habitat loss, fragmentation, and poaching for the illegal pet trade. Conservation efforts are underway to protect their remaining habitat and populations, including the establishment of protected areas and community-based conservation initiatives.

Golden monkeys are known for their unique appearance and social behavior, making them a popular attraction for ecotourism and wildlife viewing in East Africa. Visitors to the region can participate in guided treks to observe golden monkeys in their natural habitat and learn about efforts to conserve this endangered species.