Mandrills: Distinctive Apes in the African Rain Forest

Have you ever heard of mandrills? They are fantastic animals.

Mandrills are primates who belong to the Old World monkey family. The mandrill's front hands are similar to human hands. They have four fingers and one gripping thumb to help them climb. Another body part that helps them climb is their feet which are broader than their hands. The big toe is opposable for gripping onto branches when climbing. Long sharp canine teeth also help the mandrill survive. Mandrills use their teeth to eat and defend themselves.

A male mandrill weighs about 25-54 kg and a female is 8-11 kg. In length the male is 61-84 cm and the female is 24-33 cm. To help attract a partner, a mandrill's buttocks have a supply of blood vessels that make them appear purple.

Mandrills like to eat fruit, plants, small mammals, invertebrates, reptiles, birds and their eggs. They can live up to 40 years. The mandrill lives in the African rain forests. It is closely related to other apes such as olive baboons and gelada baboons.

I hope you have learned a lot about the mandrill!

[Source: The Encyclopedia of Animals]