HOW MANY MONKEY SPECIES ARE IN UGANDA
Uganda is a unique and awesome tourist destination where travelers can view several beautiful monkey species in different tropical rain forests in different regions of the country. Uganda is known throughout the world as the capital of primates.
Uganda is gifted by nature with a high concentration of primates in the East African Community and on the African continent. Uganda hosts more than 13 primate species dwelling in tropical rain forests. These primates are distributed across Kibale Forest National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Budongo Forest, the Kyambura Gorge of Queen Elizabeth, the Kalinzu Forest, and Toro Semliki National Park.
Black and white colobus monkeys are known as ekiremu or engeye in the local language. They are seen in the tropical forests of Uganda, such as Kibale Forest National Park, Budongo Forest, Mabira Forest, and other forested areas in the country. The black and white colobus monkeys look unique with their black bodies and white tails.
In Uganda, Red-Tailed Monkeys and Blue Monkeys both have a slight difference in appearance compared to all other monkeys in the tropical forests of Uganda. Uganda’s red-tailed monkeys and blue monkeys are called enkunga by Uganda’s local people in Kibale Forest. These are the smallest species of monkeys in Kibale Forest National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park.
The Grey-cheeked Mangabey is also seen in Kibale Forest National Park in the areas of Bigodi Swamp and Semuliki Wildlife Reserve. The gray-cheeked Mangabey was named based on its physical appearance.
Red colobus monkeys are also another type of monkey species that can be seen in Uganda in Kibale forest national park
Golden Monkeys are an active monkey species found only in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. Golden monkeys live in the highland areas, and they love to play in the bamboo forest of Mgahinga. The golden monkeys keep moving, compared to the chimpanzees. Tracking golden monkeys gives you an opportunity to see mountain gorillas in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. There are other monkey species, like L’Hoest Monkeys and Patas monkeys, that can be viewed in Uganda.