Like so many other rain forest inhabitants, all mangabey species are endangered. Along with other large primates such as chimpanzees and gorillas, they are among the first of the larger mammals to disappear from forests close to human settlements. People continue to destroy mangabey habitat by logging the trees in their forest homes and hunting the monkeys illegally for bushmeat. And because mangabeys are such fruit lovers, they tend to raid fruit plantations and are often killed as pests.
The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) has a Species Survival Plan (SSP) for mangabeys. The SSP is set up to help mangabeys in the wild and works with various zoos to help them care for these primates. San Diego Zoo Global is involved in the SSP effort to protect these forest monkeys from extinction.
You can help us bring mangabeys and other primate species back from the brink by supporting the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy. Together we can save and protect wildlife around the globe.