ARE THE REWARD FOR EXPLORING
THE DARK FORESTS OF GABON
The mandrill (Mandrillus sphinx) is the largest and most colourful of all monkeys. Covering their lined snouts and prominent rumps, the colours are more pronounced in males, particularly dominant males, and they become brighter when excited.
Mandrills are found only in the dense rain forests of southern Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Republic of Congo and Gabon. They are social animals living in troops headed by a dominate male and a number of females. They have been known to gather in larger multiple male/female troops of 200 or more.
Due to hunting for bush meat and deforestation, agriculture and human settlement, this colourful species is threatened and classified as vulnerable on the IUCN red list. Total population numbers are unknown. Giovanni Mari took these images in the 14 000 hectare Lékédi Park of south eastern Gabon where about 120 mandrills make their home in the rain forest. All images are the copyright of Giovanni Mari.