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The outstanding Golden Monkeys of Uganda

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The Golden Monkeys scientifically known as Cercopithecus Mitis Kandti are very rare and highly endangered species of primates in Uganda.

The outstanding Golden Monkeys get their name from the golden-orange and black silver color on their fur as one of their outstanding features.

According to the Uganda Wildlife Authority, Uganda is home to about 2000-4000 individuals.

They can be found in parks that make up the Virunga Conservation area that is in Mgahinga National Park, Virunga National Park in Congo and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.

The Commonest thing about the Virunga’s is the fact that it’s a high landscape elevation and the bamboo forests that the Golden Monkeys love to feast on shoots and leaves.

Like Gorillas the Golden Monkeys have to be habituated for tourists to trek them.

They live in troops of about 100 and are led by an Alpha male.

For the tourists interested in trekking them they are not as tiresome as Gorillas since they do not build new nests everyday meaning that there is no need for pre tracking to trace them every morning.

They are very attractive and are fast compared to other monkeys so if you are taking photos be extremely ready and be fast as well.

Golden monkeys are extremely playful and love somersaulting from one bamboo to another.

They also like to feed on leaves, fruits, flowers from trees and small shrub plants.

Trekking them in Uganda is a new product for visitors to have a better understanding about them at an amicable fee of 50 US Dollars and UGX 20,000 for the East African Citizens and all tickets are gotten from UWA.

Tourists get a maximum of one hour to observe them in their natural habitat if lack is on your side you can get to see the Gorillas too.

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Ms Pamela Amia is a Multimedia Journalist, Conservationist and traveler.

amiapamela@gmail.com

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