Black Crested Mangabey

Black Crested Mangabey outside at Wingham Wildlife Park

Black Crested Mangabey Natural History


The head and body length of these monkeys is around 24 inches (62 cm), plus the same again in their tail, with a total weight of up to 30 lbs (13.5 kg).

Habitat and Distribution

This species lives in primary and secondary forest in Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


Up to 30 years.


They are omnivores feeding on fruits, leaves, seeds, and small mammals and birds.

Groups and Breeding

This species lives in groups of up to 40 individuals. Most groups are led by a single adult male but larger troops may have a couple of adult males. After a gestation period of 6 months 1 offspring is born (and very rarely twins). Newborns cling to their mothers mothers belly, moving onto her back when they are older weaning at about 8 months old. Females stay in their natural groups and males leave at about 5 years old.

Threats and Conservation

This is an incredibly uncommon species and is in decline as a result of logging. The main effect of logging on this species is being hunted for meat by loggers.

Interesting Facts

Most of their food foraging is done in the morning.

Black Crested Mangabey During your Day out in Kent

Our troop of black crested mangabeys are located behind the dinosaur zoo. They are in the last of three exhibits within our new Rainforest SOS area which celebrates rainforests and highlights issues surrounding deforestation.

Here at Wingham Wildlife Park their diet consists of vegetables, browse, shelled nuts, insects, leaf-eater pellets and boiled eggs.