Also referred to as the Cercopithecus kandti, the Golden Monkeys are among the unique primate species normally explored on Primate Safaris in Uganda.
only in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park on Ugandan standards, Golden
Monkeys are endangered world over and thrive only in three countries of
Uganda , Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo on a world scale. In
Volcanoes National Park, a section of them has been habituated and
travelers on Rwanda Safaris and tours always track them from Kinigi ranger post.
to be species of Old World Monkey, the Golden Monkeys are notable sub
species of blue Monkey also referred to as Cercopithecus mitis and
though they share a lot in common, the former feature a golden patch on
their back along with the upper flanks.
Golden Monkeys tend to
live in the social groups of 30 – 80 members and consume much of fruit
and leaves and can as well take in insects but on a limited scale as at
times explored on Uganda Safaris.
They prefer a great deal of Bamboo which explains their considerable
dwelling in the bamboo zone on the slopes of the volcanic Mountains.
social groups are headed by adult male while the female defends the
territory since males keep with the group for a certain period before
vacating. And unlike the Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees, the Golden
Monkeys can return to their previous sleeping areas.
period of these species lasts five (5) months after which one offspring
is born with its eyes open and fur on it. The placenta of the young one
is consumed by the mother and keeps it clean by licking. The nursing of
the young one goes one until it produces another one after a period of
Their endangered status as listed on the International
Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list is based on the habitat
loss along with war threats that have marked the area where Golden
Monkeys thrive for decades past. The habituated groups are available
for visitation and no advance booking is required. The travelers on Uganda tours
pay $50 per permit and $40 per person for park entrance fees while in
Rwanda, the golden Monkey permit costs $100 inclusive of entrance fees.