For the first ever #monkeymonday
🐵 we have the largest and flashiest monkey, the Mandrill.
Mandrillus sphinx (coolest name?) live in groups of 600+ and traverse the tropical forest floors of western-central Africa. You may recognize Rafiki from #thelionking
🦁 as a mandrill! What a homie. . .
Mandrills are the only known mammal with red and blue pigments. According to evolutionary biologist Richard Prum this comes from the unconventional method of light refraction in facial collagen fibers. The purpose of this vibrantly colored face (and booty!) is to attract mates - their colors get brighter as they get excited 😏 (see photo #4
for booty shot)
Males have more brightly colored faces as well as bigger bodies and longer teeth than females. These differences are examples of high sexual dimorphism in #mandrills
Mandrills are listed as a vulnerable species by the #iucn
. Their main natural predators are leopards 🐆 but they are far more threatened by #humans
through hunting and habitat destruction.
For more about mandrills and their conservation 🌿check out @pasaprimates
Photos by @mogenstrolle
#monkey #primate #africa #followforfollowback #endangeredspecies #conservation #natgeo