International Journal of Primatology

, Volume 18, Issue 6, pp 995–1004 | Cite as

The Vanishing De Brazza's Monkey (Cercopithecus neglectus Schlegel) in Kenya

  • Karere G. Mugambi
  • Thomas M. Butynski
  • Mbaruk A. Suleman
  • Wilbur Ottichilo


We conducted a trail survey of De Brazza's monkey (Cercopithecus neglectus) on Mt. Elgon and the Cherangani Hills between October 1994 and February 1995. The objectives were to assess the status and distribution of the species and its habitats and to formulate recommendations on its conservation. We counted a total of 49 monkeys: 3 groups and 6 lone individuals near Kimothon River (Mt. Elgon) and 4 groups and 6 lone individuals at Kapolet Forest Reserve and its environs (Cherangani Hills). The mean group size is 6.6. Wanton habitat destruction was evident in all the forest habitats. The species now inhabits unprotected remnant strips of riverine forest. Furthermore, the Kapolet Forest Reserve offers little or no protection to De Brazza's monkeys or their habitat. Translocation of the monkeys from unprotected areas to a protected habitat is recommended as an urgent conservation measure to save the De Brazza's population in Mt. Elgon and the Cherangani areas of Kenya.

De Brazza's monkey Cercopithecus neglectus survey conservation Kenya 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karere G. Mugambi
    • 1
  • Thomas M. Butynski
    • 2
  • Mbaruk A. Suleman
    • 1
  • Wilbur Ottichilo
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Primate ResearchNational Museums of KenyaKaren, NairobiKenya
  2. 2.Zoo AtlantaNairobiKenya
  3. 3.Kenya Wildlife ServiceNairobiKenya

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