The Golden Monkeys of the Virunga Mountains

Golden Monkeys live in the bamboo forest of the Virunga volcanic mountains of Central Africa (Rwanda, Uganda, and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo). The primates live in groups of up to 30 individuals. They eat leaves and fruit – and they love potatoes as we were able to observe. Just like the mountain gorillas, the golden monkey is listed as endangered species. Female monkeys have a more intense orange back, whereas males appear golden.

When we started our trekking at the foot of Mt Sabyinyo in Rwanda, I first thought it would be very difficult to get nice photographs of the monkeys. We hiked from a small village near Kinigi to the jungle. You could hear the monkeys jump in the bamboo tree tops, but it was very hard to actually see them because they are so fast. But then a small group of monkeys left the covering forest and entered a nearby potato field. One of the bosses of the group dug out potatoes and cleaned them in the wet grass before eating them one-by-one. More and more members of the group followed and in the end, there were dozens of monkeys sitting on the field.

Golden monkey, Rwanda.
Golden monkey, Rwanda.
Golden monkey, Rwanda.
Golden monkey, Rwanda.
Golden monkey on a tree.
Golden monkey on a tree.
Golden Monkeys live in the bamboo forest of the Virunga volcanic mountains.
Golden Monkeys live in the bamboo forest of the Virunga volcanic mountains.
Golden monkey on a tree.
Golden monkey on a tree.
Golden monkey on a tree.
Golden monkey on a tree.

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