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© MKHPan troglodytes schweinfurthii
Common Chimpanzee

© MKH (27 K) SAMPLE VOCALIZATION:  Scream
STATUS:  Endangered (IUCN: Vulnerable)

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION:  African great ape

HABITAT RANGE:  East African forests
[These photos/recordings from the Kibale Forest, Uganda (© 1992-2005 MK Holder)]

LOCOMOTOR TYPE:  Knuckle-walker, terrestrial and arboreal

FOOD:  Omnivore (hunts, kills, and eats red colobus)

FEATURE:  Constructs day and night nests for sleeping. Some chimps in the Kibale Forest engage in a stylized form of grooming called «arm-clasp grooming».


© MKHGorilla gorilla beringei
Mountain Gorilla

© MKH (21 K)SAMPLE VOCALIZATION: Belch vocalization
(20 K) DISPLAY SOUND:  Silverback male chest-beat
STATUS:  Highly Endangered (n=about 650)
IUCN status: Vulnerable

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION:  African great ape

HABITAT RANGE:  The Virunga Volcanos on the international borders of Rwanda, Uganda, and Zaïre. [These photos/recordings from the Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda (© 1990, 1993, 2005 MK Holder).]

LOCOMOTOR TYPE:  Knuckle-walker, primarily terrestrial, with some arboreality

FOOD:  Primarily folivore

FEATURE: Constructs day and night nests for sleeping


© MKH
Cercocebus albigena johnstoni
Grey-Cheeked Mangabey

© MKH (26 K) SAMPLE VOCALIZATION:  male Whoop-gobble
STATUS:  «All forest-living monkeys may be considered endangered, because tropical forests are being destroyed at such a high rate and monkey populations are always at risk because of their slow reproduction rate.» Thelma Rowell (1984)

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION:  Old World monkey

HABITAT RANGE:  From West Africa to Uganda, north of the Zaire (ex-Congo) River. [These photos/recordings from the Kibale Forest, Uganda (© 1992, 2005 MK Holder)]

LOCOMOTOR TYPE:  Arboreal quadruped

FOOD:  Omnivore

FEATURE:   Cheek pouches


© MKH
Colobus badius tephrosceles
Red Colobus Monkey

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION:  Old World monkey

HABITAT RANGE:  Western Uganda and Tanzania [This photo from the Kibale Forest, Uganda (© 1992, 2005 MK Holder)]

LOCOMOTOR TYPE:   Arboreal quadruped

FOOD:   Primarily folivore

FEATURE:   Ruminent-type, 4-chambered stomach; thumbless (vestigal pollox)


© MKH
Cercopithecus ascanius schmidti
Redtail Monkey

© MKH (28 K) SAMPLE VOCALIZATION:  Chirp
GENERAL CLASSIFICATION:  Old World monkey

HABITAT RANGE:  From the Central African Republic east to the Mau Forest in Kenya and south to the Mahari Mountains in Tanzania. [These photos/recordings from the Kibale Forest, Uganda (© 1992, 2005 MK Holder)]

LOCOMOTOR TYPE:   Arboreal quadruped

FOOD:   Primarily frugivore


© MKH
Colobus guereza occindentalis
Black-and-White Colobus Monkey

© MKH (95 K) SAMPLE VOCALIZATION:  Male roar
STATUS:  Endangered (hunted for their pelt)

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION:  Old World monkey

HABITAT RANGE:  East Africa, primarily Eastern Zaïre [now the Democratic Republic of the Congo], western Uganda, Ethopia, and southern Sudan. [These photos/recordings from the Kibale Forest, Uganda (© 1992, 2005 MK Holder)]

LOCOMOTOR TYPE:   Arboreal quadruped

FOOD:   Primarily folivore

FEATURE:   Ruminent-type, 4-chambered stomach; thumbless (vestigal pollox)


© MKH
Colobus guereza occindentalis
Infant Black-and-White Colobus Monkey

SAMPLE:  Infant B-&-W Colobus vocalization
(coming)

FEATURE:   Infant Black-and-White Colobus are born all white, gradually attaining their distinctive adult markings after the age of 5 weeks. White infants are of great interest to the females in the group, who frequently take the infant from it's mother to hold for a while; this is called «aunting behavior» This behavior is very different from red colobus mothers, who rarely let their infants be handled by others.


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All research by Dr. M.K. Holder consists of non-invasive, observational methodology. Research is possible only with permissions from the governments of host countries, and is conducted in cooperation with respective parks management personnel. To all these, and my colleagues abroad, I am most grateful.



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