|Distribution||African equatorial forests|
DESCRIPTION OF THE SPECIES
Mandrills are the largest of all nonhominid primates. The male’s body length is about 80cm, the females’ is 55-60cm. The males weigh 25-30kg (on average), sometimes up to 50kg. The females weigh 12-15kg. There are large teeth hidden in the mouth; the size of the fangs is especially striking. The mandrills have very motley colouration unusual for the other mammals. It is difficult to indicate the part of mandrill’s body which is more motley: the muzzle or the buttocks. Both parts amaze with the astonishing combination of light-red, light-blue, lemon-yellow and white. Since 1986, according to the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, it is a vulnerable species (VU). In Feldman Ecopark, they breed successfully.
Mandrills are omnivorous, but prefer mainly (92%) vegetable food. Their diet consists of 113 species of plants. However, they also can eat invertebrates and small vertebrates (lizards, rodents and other small mammals.)
The average lifespan is not defined, in captivity mandrills usually live for 30 years. The record of 36 years was set in San Diego zoo (USA).