The mandrill is a primate that belongs to the family
of old-world monkeys. They are closely related to baboons
and drills (another primate). The mandrill is the world’s
largest species of monkey, and are perhaps the most
colorful primates. Charles Darwin wrote that “no other
member in the whole class of mammals is coloured in
so extraordinary a manner as the adult male mandrills”.
Mandrills are colored green or gray with yellow and
black bands, along with a white belly. It’s face has
a red stripe down the middle, and protruding blue ridges.
It also has a yellow beard with white tuffs. It’s lower
abdomen and reproductive organs are also brightly colored,
with red, pink, blue and purple all making appearances.
The males have more pronounced coloring than the females,
and the dominant males are even more so.
The mandrill has the greatest sexual dimorphism among
the primate family. Male mandrills weigh between 55
and 75 pounds and up to 110 pounds. The females, on
the other hand only weigh between 25 and 30 pounds.
The male is usually 3 feet in length, while the female
is only 2 feet. They can survive for 31 years in captivity.
They are omnivorous, eating mostly plants and fruits
along with invertebrates. It will on occasion eat vertebrates,
like eggs, birds, tortoises, frogs, porcupines, rats
and shrews. They are considered to be “vulnerable”.
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