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
canon 5D 70-200mm L f4

Comments

  • donnamalone
    donnamalonealmost 5 years ago

    what a handsome chap!

  • donnamalone
    donnamalonealmost 5 years ago

    there was a cartoon character based on this ape is it a mandrill? in the 70’s..cant think what…great capture

  • he is a mandrill and most definitely handsome.. i think out of my whole trip he was my fav to photograph.. he was so happy for me to be there.. often you can see the animals getting upset with all the cameras but this guy stayed fairly close for some time…

    – caradione

  • Josie Jackson
    Josie Jacksonalmost 5 years ago

    Love the soft colouring in this and another gorgeous pose.

  • thankyou again josie, your comments are much appreciated..

    – caradione

  • trueblvr
    trueblvralmost 5 years ago

    He is lovely. Beautiful soft coloring, and your clarity is astounding

  • thankyou so much for the lovely comment….. he really is lovely isnt he…

    – caradione

  • A1000WORDS
    A1000WORDSalmost 5 years ago

    Great capture…

  • thankyou very much Ron :-)

    – caradione

  • caradione
    caradionealmost 5 years ago

  • S .
    S .almost 5 years ago

    amazin

  • thankyou Shoaib .

    – caradione

  • shutter-bug1
    shutter-bug1over 4 years ago

    Beautiful :) amazing shot!

  • thankyou sweet … xo

    – caradione

  • Walter Colvin
    Walter Colvinover 4 years ago

    Excellent capture, and Photography. Nice job.

  • walter thankyou…
    really pleased you like this

    – caradione

  • moonstarjuntak
    moonstarjuntakover 4 years ago

    Wow great shoot and i like this tone

  • thankyou so much… very pleased you like this image..

    – caradione

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