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Experience the different primate species in Uganda

primate species in Uganda

Uganda is home to many primate species and most of these are found in Kibale National Park that harbours the highest density of primate species. The most common species include; chimpanzees, grey cheeked Mangabeys, colobus monkeys, L, Hoest monkeys, olive monkeys, red tailed monkeys as well as the blue monkeys. The mountain gorillas can be found in Bwindi impenetrable national park and also in Mgahinga Gorilla National park. The other primate species are the golden monkeys that can be spotted in different national parks of Uganda. Below are the some of the different primate species in Uganda.

Mountain gorillas; these are the main highlights of any safari in Uganda and are found in Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Uganda has got over 15 gorilla families that can be trekked by the travellers that come to Uganda. There are 88 permits in a day that are given out and this makes it easy for the visitors to get permits to at least one of the gorilla families. The gorilla permits to view these gorillas are given out by Uganda Wildlife Authority. Bwindi forest has got some chimpanzees and monkeys as part of its primate species. You can also enjoy other tourist activities that can be carried out apart from mountain gorilla trekking and these include; a visit to the Batwa pygmies, golden monkey tracking, guided nature walks, volcano climbing as well as bird watching.

Chimpanzees are our close relatives and they are over 5000 plus located in Uganda. The best tourist destination known for chimpanzee trekking is Kibale National Park and it has got 13 primate species, these can be tracked at any time of the year and other tourists can decide to do chimpanzee habituation experience that takes the whole day. The chimps can be tracked starting from 8:00an and the time of ending the trek depends on when you locate them, the chimps can be tracked starting from 8:00 and the time of ending the track depends on when you located them. The chimps can be tracked in many different locations apart from Kibale national park, Semliki national park, Kyambura Gorge in queen Elizabeth, Budongo forest located near Murchison falls National Park. The other places where you can see these chimps are at the zoos at Uganda Wildlife Education Centre and in Ngamba Sanctuary Island were the orphaned primates are kept for tourism purposes.

Golden Monkeys; these are very unique creatures and are relatives to the mountain gorillas and the chimps. The species can be found in three countries; Uganda, Rwanda and in DRC. These also weigh between 10 to 20 pounds and have got a golden body, tail, cheeks, body and the black limbs. They are known as a sub species of the blue monkeys that are found in bamboo forests in Virunga Volcanoes of Congo. The species of monkeys is greatly reducing since they face many hardships like poaching, diseases, war, habitant loss, unrest and the local community encroachments.

Golden monkey tracking can be done in Bwindi and Kibale National Park. The golden monkeys have been habituated to human presence and these offer a wonderful experience to the visitors like the mountain gorillas and the chimpanzees. The male golden monkeys have got a reddish colour on their backs with darker patches while the females are lighter in colour and have less brown patch. These also live in groups of 30 to 80 individuals being led by an adult male. These can also be tracked in Mgahinga National Park and a guide will escort you when you are in small groups and start to hike the bamboo forests where these beautiful primates live. These playful species arehard to get on camera and tourists are advised to use a low light in the dense forest.

The monkey species including the baboons; these are known as the olive baboons and are found in Uganda. These are known as olive baboons and are found in Uganda. They can be viewed in three main national parks including Mgahinga National Park, Mount Elgon and in the Rwenzori National Park. More so, these olive baboons can be found in 25 countries of Africa. They live in larger groups of about 150 members comprising of few male individuals, many females and their young ones, are fierce due to their dog like faces and menacing teeth. The baboons are large enough to be viewed by all the visitors that come to visit the national parks where these beautiful primates are found.

The black and white Colobus Monkeys; these are also known as the old monkeys of the genus Colobus family and live in Africa. They are greatly related to the brown colobus monkeys and live in the Riverine forests, wooded grasslands as well as forests. Their groups are made of 9 members including a single male, several females and the young ones. Their bodies are black in colour, with a white face and tail. They can be seen in Entebbe botanical gardens, and in many national parks of Uganda. You have a great chance of taking their photos.

The blue Monkeys are in East Africa and mainly found in Congo, Angola, Zambia and Uganda. These have got little hair on their faces and offer a blue appearance most of the time but not blue in colour. These live in montane, bamboo forests, ever green forests and in forest canopy. These like humid and shady places with lots of water. Mainly feed on leaves, fruits as well as invertebrates. There groups are made of 4 to 12 members and mainly consist of one male, several females with young ones. These can easily be seen from Murchison falls national park and Lake Mburo National park, their gestation period is usually 5 months with females giving birth every after 2 years.

The de Brazza’a Monkeys; these are found in central Africa and widely spread in Africa. They are mainly known as swamp monkeys with grey fur and a reddish brown back with black tail and limbs. They mainly stay in dry mountain forests, swamps, bamboo areas and are found in countries of Congo, Uganda, Cameroon, Ethiopia as well as South Sudan. They have got a life span of 22 years and live in small social groups of 5 to 30 members headed by a male whose job is to protect the group members. These also communicate through shaking tree branches, making booming sounds and nodding, these can be found in Mount Elgon and Semliki national Park.

The other primate species that are found in Uganda include; the grey Mangabee monkeys that are black in colour, and can be seen in Mabira forest, Kibale and Semliki National Park. There is the L’ Hoest Monkeys that are found in Kibale and Queen Elizabeth national park and Budongo forest. The patas monkeys are mainly found in Murchison falls national park, PianUpe Wildlife reserve as well as Kidepo National Park. These are the red colobus Monkeys commonly living in Kibale National Park and Semliki national Park.

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