Animal Facts

  • Genus:

    Mandrillus
  • Species:

    Mandrillus sphinx
  • Conservation
    Status:

    Vulnerable

  • Found In:

    Africa
  • Length:

    45-94cm
  • Height:

    45-65cm
  • Weight:

    10-37kg

Meet our amazing mandrils!

Adelaide Zoo is home to a troop of six Mandrills, a male, three females and two juveniles.

Our dominant male, Tabah, was born on 5 April 2005 at Melbourne Zoo, arriving at Adelaide Zoo on 2008. The adult females Penny and Moabi were born in June 1988 and March 1998 respectively, while Niari, mother of our juvenile female Mayombe who was born on 28 October 2010, was born in May 1996. The youngest in the group is Kouilou, a cheeky little boy who was born on 8 April 2011 to mum Moabi. Both youngsters are highly active, and Kouilou can be very vocal, especially during feed time. The groups’ favourite treats are coconuts, peanuts, fruit, sultanas and the environmental enrichment items prepared by our dedicated volunteers.

The world’s most colourful primate, the Mandrill, is native to the tropical rainforest and forest savannahs of southern Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and Congo.

Mandrills live in large family groups called “hordes” that can reach up to 845 individuals. These groups are made up of adult females and their offspring. Males live solitary lives and only enter hordes during the breeding season.

The Mandrill is omnivorous, consuming mainly fruits, leaves, seeds, eggs and invertebrates. They are mostly terrestrial (lives on the land), but are more arboreal than baboons and are known to feed in the rainforest canopy.

The greatest threat to the Mandrills is habitat loss caused primarily by deforestation and the hunting for the bushmeat trade.

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