Thursday, January 19, 2012


Most people is familiar with the spectacular, bright colored mandrill (the largest monkey in the world), but very few have ever heard about the drill, its closest relative. Drills are found in a small region of Western Africa and are seriously endangered nowadays, due to the bush-meat trade (basically, locals are eating these monkeys to extinction). They look very similar to mandrills but have black faces and red chins; females are smaller and less colorful than males. They feed on anything they can find, from grass and fruits, to small animals.

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