While I was in the Democratic Republic of Congo habituating bonobos I came across some other very special animals. One of the most memorable encounters was with a rare DRC endemic. the golden bellied mangabey (Cercocebus chrysogaster). Few people have seen this little know species. I was lucky enough not only to see them but film them. We where following the bonobos up a rather steep hill. When we got to the top we where surprised to see a different primate there. The mangabeys showed no fear towards us. We where probably the first humans they had come in contact with thus showing us no fear. These naive communities are rare since humans are everywhere. You can hear the strange chattering and also the bonobos in the background. Strangely they showed no fear of the bonobos either even though I had seen bonobos eat red colobus monkey. I hope you enjoy this rare and exclusive short video showing the only know footage of this species in the wild.
Thursday, 31 July 2014
Only Know Footage of Wild Golden Bellied Mangabey
Tags Africa, bonobo, Cercocebus, Cercocebus chrysogaster, congo, Congo basin, democratic republic of congo, exclusive, golden bellied mangabey, mangabey, Monkey, rare
John) Matthew Stritch is a Zoologist traveling to some of the more remote locations on the planet. Having spent nine months studying wild bonobos Matt then went on to be a safari guide in South Africa. He has also worked in Mauritius as warden of world renowned Round Island and more recently he has been habituating lowland gorilla in Gabon. Matt has an interest in animal behaviour, film making, photography and writing. His first book: "A Zoologists Stumbling's in Africa: How to Habituate a Bonobo" is about his time in the jungles of the Democratic Republic of Congo.