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L'Hoest's Monkey

Our group of L'Hoest's monkeys is made up of male Kizizi, who was born here in May 2003. He has been paired with Tumbili our adult female who was born in April 2001 and arrived here in September 2010 from San Diego. In November 2013 Kizizi and Tumbili welcomed the birth of youngster into their family group, a male which keepers have named Jamal (meaning handsome).

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The L'Hoest's monkeys are managed by the European Endangered Species Programme.

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Not Endangered NE
Data Deficient DD
Least Concern LC
Near Threatened NT
Vulnerable VU
Endangered EN
Critically Endangered CR
Extinct in the wild EW
Extinct EX


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Population is decreasing, IUCN June 2008


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In The Wild

The L’Hoest’s monkey (Allochrocebus lhoesti) can be found in small areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and Uganda. They can be found in a range of different kinds of forested areas, including gallery forest, mature lowland rain forests, wooded savannah at mountain slopes, and forest borders.

L’Hoest’s monkeys have a short, brown coat with a reddish-brown colour across the back and dark brown or black underparts. They have a white chin ruff, or “beard,” and white patches under their eyes. They live in groups that are dominated by females. There is usually only one male in a group, but sometimes more than one male will be included. If this is the case, there is competition for dominance between the males. Only one male is allowed to mate with all of the females.

They eat leaves, seeds, flowers, fruits, and insects, although they will occasionally eat bird eggs, lizards, and even small birds. They travel mainly on the forest floor, but flee up into the trees if threatened.

The population of L’Hoest’s monkeys in the wild has shown large decreases, and experts expect further declines in coming years. One of the main threats is deforestation of their habitat. This is due to expansion of farming. They are also hunted for bushmeat, and are frequently snared or shot by hunters. Because the L’Hoest’s monkeys’ range is an area of warfare and intense human conflict, these threats are made even worse.

L'Hoest's Monkey