Cherry-crowned mangabey

Cherry-crowned mangabey
  • Hàbitat Natural
  • Location in the zoo
  • Escolta'l
Geographic distribution:

Geographic distribution:

East Africa (Cameroon, Congo, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Equatorial Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone)

  • Scientific name:
    • Cercocebus torquatus torquatus 
  • Taxonomy:
    • Class: Mammalia 
    • Order: Primates 
    • Family: Cercopithecidae 
  • Biology:
    • Area of origin: Africa 
    • Habitat: Tropical forest 
    • Social life: Gregarious 
    • Food: Omnívora 
  • Rating:
    • Mammals 
  • Physical Characteristics:
    • Longevity: 25 - 30 years 
    • Weight at birth: 300-500 g 
    • Middleweight: 5-10 kg 
    • Length: 56-67 cm 
  • Reproduction
    • Reproduction: Viviparous 
    • Gestation: 160-170 days 
    • Nombre de cries:

Risk level of the species

Red list: Scale according to the situation of the species IUCN

Risk level of the species near threatened


Unmistakable due to their cap of reddish fur, they live in the dense rainforests of East Africa, from southern Senegal to Gabon. They form groups that can end up being quite large, with the females at the core and a strict hierarchy between the mothers and their offspring. Young males tend to wander far from the family home range after reaching maturity.
They basically feed on fruit and vegetables, complemented by seeds, insects, eggs and small vertebrates. Like other mangabeys, they have large and strong incisors that let them eat fruits and seeds with hard shells that their fellow monkeys are unable to crack open. Animals with a wide range of vocalisations, they can emit loud calls that can be heard from far away.
This species is endangered due to the fast deforestation of their jungle habitat.
The Barcelona Zoo is the coordinator of the ESB (European Studbook) for this species in captivity.