Golden Monkey

The golden monkey is a species of Old World monkey found, it’s found in the Virunga volcanic mountains of Central Africa, including four national parks: Mgahinga, in south-west Uganda; Volcanoes, in north-west Rwanda; and Virunga and Kahuzi-Biega, in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Spotted Young ones golden monkey

Spotted Young ones golden monkey

Spotted Mature golden monkey

Spotted Mature golden monkey

It is restricted to highland forest, especially near bamboo being its favorite habitat

The Golden Monkey was previously thought to be a subspecies of the blue and the two are similar overall, but the golden monkey has a golden-orange patch on the upper flanks and back.

It lives in social groups of up to 20-30 individuals. Its diet consists mainly of bamboo, insects, leaves and fruit.

Man’s activities like deforestation and Wars have totally destructed their habitat, it is noted as an endangered Species.

They tend moves in between areas depending on the season. During the season where ripe fruit is available they will remain in those areas.

When the rainy season begins and causes bamboo shooting to occur, the golden monkeys are found more in these areas.

They travel in various group sizes, and can been seen in small groups of three up to large groups of 62 monkeys. The groups that are found at higher elevations tend to be smaller.

The golden monkey often returns to one of several different sleeping areas after a day of feeding. They sleep in small subgroups of four, at the top of bamboo plants.

They tend to use dense bamboo plants that weave together to make a sufficient foundation for sleep.

This monkey will often feed near the sleeping area and return to this same sleeping location day after day.