The Ugandan Mangabey also known as the Lophocebus ugandae is noted to a descendant of old world monkey that is restricted to Uganda alone. Initially thought to be belonging to the grey cheeked mangabey populations, the famous taxonomist Colin Gloves undertook the upgrade of the Ugandan section to new Species and named them L. Ugandae.
realization of these new species occurred when the Professor realized
that they are smaller than the known grey-cheeked mangabey and also has a
shorter skull and a relatively smaller face. Adding to the group of 19
Species of Primates that are available in Uganda and highly sought after
by travelers on primate safaris in Uganda, the Ugandan Mangabey can be explored right here in Mabira forest that is positioned at 60km from Kampala city.
Groves noted that when he revised his research which he carried out
three decades past, it was revealed that these Species were smaller
compared to their colleagues in different parts of the world. In his
report, he proposed that the Species should be given due attention in
terms of conservation and added to endangered species list of
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and this would
grant them improved priority just like Chimpanzees and Gorillas.
grey-cheeked mangabey are spread in various parts of the world
including the Congo forests stretching to the north of Angola. In
destination Uganda, they are noted to thrive in areas of Itwara,
Semliki, Kibale, Mpanga, Bugoma, Bujuko, Mabira and Sango bay.
can be noted that the biggest concentration of this Species is in Mabira
Forest and this is seen as positive step to enhancing its eco-tourism
encounters. The Ugandan Mangabey consumes fruits and dwell in the
interior of the forest and its upper layers which limits them not to
destroy crops outside the forest.