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Mandrills are OMNIVORES and the largest monkeys in the world characterised by a red stripe down their elongated muzzles with blue ridges on the sides. They may look like baboons but they are closer in relation to mangabeys.

Mandrills will use their teeth to express a variety of emotions and behaviours. Their sharp canines are used for defence but a quick flash of their teeth is friendly gesture and a yawn is a warning not to approach!

These primates are incredibly social living in large groups called hordes with a hierarchy of dominant males and females at the top. The dominant males ultimately lead and father most of the offspring. They are sexually dimorphic, with males being around a third heavier than females.

Mandrill hordes live in groups of up to 50 individuals which spend their days on the ground and sleep in the trees at night. Females will raise the young and provide most of the care to the offspring.

The average male weighs 37kg
A mandrill's average lifespan is 20 years
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