Golden monkey Uganda - Affordable Uganda Safaris Limited
Golden monkey is a species of monkey 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-Biéga, in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. It is restricted to highland forest, especially near bamboo forest.
Golden monkey species was previously thought to be a subspecies of the blue monkey and the two are similar overall, but the golden monkey has a golden-orange patch on the upper flanks and back.
Little is known about the golden monkey's behaviour. It lives in social groups of up to 30 individuals. Its diet consists mainly of bamboo, leaves and fruit and insects.
The gradual destruction of their habitat and recent wars in their limited habitat, the golden monkey is listed as endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) which is the world's main authority on the conservation status of species.
Habitat The golden monkey prefers a habitat with abundant fruit and bamboo moving in between areas depending on the season. The season where ripe fruit is available they will remain in those areas. When the rainy season begins this causes bamboo shooting to occur and the golden monkeys are found more in these areas.
Behavior and ecology Golden monkey can travel in various group sizes, and have 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 will often return to one of several different sleeping areas after a day of feeding. The monkeys often sleep in small subgroups of four, at the top of bamboo plants. They will often use a dense bamboo plant, or a combination of several bamboo plants that weave together to make a sufficient foundation for sleep. The golden monkey will often feed near the sleeping area and return to this same sleeping location day after day.
Take 3 Days to Visit the Golden monkeys
- Day 1: Drive to Kisoro which is a long drive. Spend a night in Kisoro travelers lodge.
- Day 2: Head to Mgahinga gorilla forest where golden monkeys live. Search for them as part of your gorilla tracking experience. Spend the night in Kisoro.
- Day 3: Drive back to Kampala where you get to arrive in the evening.