|Copyright: Radu Xplorator (Xplorator)
|Date Taken: 2005-08|
|Camera: Nikon CP 8800|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2006-11-04 4:31|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Here is a shot of a large male adult mandril, one of the most unusual animals of the planet in both shape and color, aside from his spectacular agressive behavior regardless he is not a predator. The Mandrill (Mandrillus sphinx) is a primate of the Cercopithecidae (Old-world monkeys) family, closely related to the baboons and even more closely to the Drill. Both the Mandrill and the Drill were once classified as baboons in genus Papio, but recent research has determined that they should be separated into their own genus, Mandrillus. The Mandrill is the world's largest monkey species. The word mandrill means "man-ape".Males can weigh up to 60 lb (30 kg), females about half as much. They can grow to be about 1 m long (39 in) and can survive up to 25 years in captivity. The Mandrill is found in the tropical rainforests of West Africa (Southern Nigeria, South Cameroon, Gabon, and Congo). It is a social creature and may be found in groups ranging from 5 to 50 individuals, led by an older dominant male. Six to seven of these groups may come together during the dry season to form a troop of over 200 individuals.|
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