Nyungwe is home to a wide variety of primates.
Primates in the Park
Source: Part I of a video series posted on YouTube as an educational tool for Rwandan Conservation Educators working in and around Nyungwe National Park. The central theme of this video is Chimpanzee Conservation. This series was produced by the Wildlife Conservation Society.
If you look closely, you may see some of Nyungwe’s 13 species of primates, living quietly throughout the park. L’Hoest’s Albertine Rift / Sun-tailed Gabon / Preuss’ Cameroon These three monkeys were most likely one species that lived in a continuous larger forest before the last ice age. Over time the forest split into fragments and each monkey adapted to its own forest.
Today they are separate species. Chimpanzees Pan troglodytes The only ape in Nyungwe, 500 live in this park. Your guide can help you spot them and their signs: calls, nests, or scat. L’Hoest’s Mountain Monkey Cercopithecus lhoesti Nyungwe is one of the few places in the world where this species is still common. You can often see them by the main road near Uwinka. Owl-faced Monkey Cercopithecus hamlyni This elusive guenon is rarely seen. It has a range limited to central Congo, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and Burundi. Angolan Colobus Monkeys Colobus angolensis ruwenzori Nyungwe is the only forest in Africa where these monkeys form large “supergroups” of over 350 individuals. Mona Monkey Cercopithecus mona Although often found in groups with other Monas, individuals can sometimes be seen associating with groups of colobus, blue monkeys, or mangabeys. Blue Monkey Cercopithecus mitis doggetti These tree-dwelling guenons can be found around Uwinka. Also Appearing… Red-tailed Monkey Cercopithecus ascanius Vervet Monkey Chlorocebus aethiops Grey-cheeked Mangabey Lophocebus albigena Eastern Needle-Clawed Galago Galago matschiei Greater Bushbaby Otolemur crassicaudatus Dwarf Galago Galago demidoff Olive Baboons Papio anubis [nggallery id=10]