Mandrills are the largest of all Old World monkeys. They are shy and reclusive primates that live only in the rain forests of equatorial Africa.
Mandrills are extremely colorful, perhaps more so than any other mammal. They are easily identifiable by the blue and red skin on their faces and their brightly hued rumps. These distinctive colors become brighter when the animal is excited. They also have extremely long canine teeth (two inches/five centimeters) that can be used for self-defense—though baring them is typically a friendly gesture among mandrills.
These colorful primates are threatened. They are often hunted as bushmeat, and many Africans consider them to be a delicacy. Mandrills are feeling the squeeze of spreading agriculture and human settlement—both are shrinking their rain forest homeland.
picture taken at melbourne zoo
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