Mandrillus – Mandrill & drill
Drills & Mandrills are both the most colorful primates
Mandrillus are large-bodied primates that are instantly recognizable because of their flashy colors. Mandrillus sphinx (mandrills) have black-gray pelage with reddish-yellow bands, while Mandrillus leucophaeus (drills) are greenish-brown in color with a white belly. Females of both species are usually dull-colored than males. Traditionally, Mandrillus have been considered forest baboons because of their extraordinary resemblance to baboons. Still, they are not true baboons, and these two genera have many anatomical and genetic differences.
Currently, both species of the genus Mandrillus face threats and are at risk from a conservation point of view. The most prominent threats to the conservation of this genus are the loss of habitat by deforestation and hunting.
Species in this genus
The vivid coloration of their bottom is a result of blood vessels located there
Residing in eastern Africa, Mandrills are the world’s largest monkeys (but not of apes)