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.