Agile Mangabeys

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A family gathering of agile mangabeys at Bai Hokou (Copyright by David Rouge)Agile mangabeys (Cercocebus agilis, Esadu in local BaAka pygmy language) are one of the most poorly-known species of monkey in Central Africa. They are thought to be endemic to regions north of the Congo River, especially the strip of swamp forest that follows the equator from the Atlantic to eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. In contrast to the often sympatric grey-cheeked mangabeys (Lophocebus albigena), which are closely related to baboons, agile mangabeys are closer to the mandrill. They have been generally reported as elusive animals, occurring in low densities, and favouring riverine and inaccessible swamp forest where they subsist almost entirely on seasonally available fruits and nuts.