Gray Cheeked Mangabey

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Cercopithecidae Lophocebus Lophocebus albigena
Gray-cheeked Mangabey
IUCN Status: Vulnerable
  • Common Name: Gray-cheeked Mangabey
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1850
  • Monkey Size: 43 to 73 cm (17 to 29 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Gray or Blackish Gray
  • Habitat: Forest, rainforest
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Native Countries: Nigeria, Uganda, Cameroon, Gabon

Gray-cheeked Mangabey Distribution

Gray-Cheeked Mangabey Characteristics

Gray Cheeked Mangabey

The gray-cheeked mangabey[1] (Lophocebus albigena), also called the white-cheeked mangabey, is an Old World monkey found in the forests of central Africa.

  • The gray-cheeked mangabey is a sizeable arboreal primate with gray and often whitish cheeks.
  • Their long, lanky bodies are dark or black gray. L.a. albigena, a nominate subspecies, typically has a black spot on the nape and withers (the area between the shoulder blades).
  • The hair on their head is scruffy and long, resembling small horns above their eyebrows.
  • Their face, eyes, and skin are also dark. In addition, their chest and front legs are heavier than the rest of the body.
  • The long gray or brown hairs on the shoulders and neck form a cape. They have long tails and long limbs that give them balance when running through the forest.
  • Their tail is somewhat prehensile and powerful enough to grab onto branches while leaping through trees.

What Do Gray-cheeked Mangabeys Eat?

What Do Gray Cheeked Mangabeys Eat?

Based on the detailed research published in the African Journal of ecology, the Gray-cheeked Mangabey feeds on these food sources not limited to[¶]:

  • Hexapoda (Insecta)
  • Boleko Nut (Ongokea gore).
  • Butter Tree (Pentadesma butyracea).
  • African Oil Palm (Elaeis guineensis).
  • African Nutmeg (Pycnanthus angolensis).
  • African Teak (Milicia excelsa).
  • African Mammee-Apple (Mammea africana).
  • Horsewood (Clausena anisata)
  • Fig (Ficus)
  • Chinese Banyan (Ficus thonningii).
  • Broom Cluster Fig (Ficus sur).
  • Umbrella Tree (Musanga cecropioides).
  • Boarwood (Symphonia globulifera)
  • Calabash Nutmeg (Monodora myristica).
  • Pokeweed (Phytolacca)
  • Aframomum (Aframomum)
  • Treebind (Cissus)
  • Moambé Jaune (Annickia chlorantha).
  • Emien (Alstonia boonei)
  • Velvet Tamarind (Dialium guineense).
  • Umbrella-Tree (Maesopsis)
  • Trichilia (Trichilia)
  • Djave (Baillonella toxisperma)
  • Inoi Nut (Poga oleosa).
  • Rattan Palm (Eremospatha macrocarpa).
  • Red-Fruited Stinkwood (Celtis mildbraedii).
  • Olon Tendre (Zanthoxylum heitzii).
  • Tropical Almond (Terminalia)
  • Tallow Tree (Allanblackia floribunda).
  • Raffia Palm (Raphia)
  • Persimmons (Diospyros)
  • Hackberry (Celtis)

What Eats Gray-cheeked Mangabeys?

What Eats Gray Cheeked Mangabeys? Crowned Eagles

Humans (Homo sapiens), Crowned eagles (Stephanoaetus coronatus) and Leopards (Panthera pardus) are the primary predators of Gray-cheeked Mangabeys[§].

Gray-Cheeked Mangabey Facts

Lophocebus Albigena

  • Gray-cheeked mangabeys belong to the same family (Cercopithecinae) and phylum (Papionini) as mandrills, macaques, and baboons. In fact, they are also sometimes called baboon mangabeys.
  • A single infant is usually born with soft fur and open eyes.
  • If enough food is available, groups of mangabeys will congregate for a while and even group party members.
  • Like baboons, a female mangabey’s buttocks swell and turn pink when they are ready to breed.
  • Gray-cheeked mangabey life expectancy varies depending on diet. For example, troops eating hard-shelled nuts can wear down their teeth much faster and die younger than those eating a softer diet.

Suggested Reading: All Types of Monkeys

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Key References
  • [1]“The Endemic Uganda Mangabey, Lophocebus ugandae, and Other Members of the Albigena-Group (Lophocebus)”. Accessed September 17, 2022. Link.
  • [¶] – Fricke, E.C., Svenning, J. Accelerating homogenization of the global plant-frugivore meta-network. Nature 585, 74-78 (2020).
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  • [¶] – fgabriel1891/Palm-Frugivore_Interactions_Neo-AfrotropicsZona, S. & Henderson, A. (1989) A review of animal mediated seed dispersal of palms. Selbyana, 11, 6-21. Online Update 2006 ((
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  • [§] – Middleton, O.S, Svensson, H, Scharlemann, J.P.W, Faurby, S, Sandom, C.J. CarniDIET 1.0: A database of terrestrial carnivorous mammal diets. Global Ecology and Biogeography. Craig, Christie A., Eleanor I. Brassine, and Daniel M. Parker. “A record of cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) diet in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve, Botswana. “African Journal of Ecology 55.4 (2017): 697-700.


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