Monkey Species In Uganda



Uganda is a unique awesome tourism destination where travelers can view several beautiful monkey species in different tropical rain forests in different regions in the country.  Uganda is known by the entire world as the capital of primates. 

 Uganda is gifted by nature with a high concentration of primates among the East African Community and on the African continent. Uganda hosts more than 13 primate species dwelling in the tropical rain forests, these primates are distributed across Kibale forest national park, Mgahinga gorilla national park, Budongo Forest and, kyambura gorge of Queen Elizabeth, kalinzu forest, and toro semliki national park.


Black and white colobus monkeys are known as ekiremu or engeye in Uganda’s local language. They are seen in 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 on their black bodies and whitetails.


Uganda Red-Tailed Monkeys and Blue Monkeys, both have a slight difference in appearance compared to all other Monkeys in tropical forests of Uganda. Uganda’s red-tailed monkeys & blue monkeys are called enkunga by Uganda’s local people of Kibale forest. These are the smallest species of monkeys in Kibale forest national park and Queen Elizabeth national park. 


Grey –Cheeked Mangabey is also seen in Kibale Forest National Park in the areas of Bigodi swamp, and Semuliki wildlife reserve. Grey-Cheeked Mangabey was named based on their 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 active monkey species found in Uganda at Mgahinga gorilla national park only. Golden monkeys live in the highland areas and they love to play in the bamboo forest of Mgahinga. 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 which can be viewed in Uganda.



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