A species endemic to the Virunga Massif, Golden Monkeys are found in the Volcanoes National Park, in the Mgahinga National Park, in the Gishwati forest and in Virunga National Park in Congo.
Golden monkeys live in families of 100 to 125 individuals, including one dominant male, females, juveniles and babies. Dominant males and adult females are charged with protecting the territory and the resources found therein, and the females are generally the ones who defend the food.
A dominant male leads the group for one to ten years, coordinating all the activities in the group, including where its relatives sit, where they stand, and everything they do. In the Volcanoes National Park, we regularly spot two such large families:
- The Musonga group occupies 75ha across Karisimbi’s slopes with 120 individuals.
- The Kabatwa group, with 110 individuals and a territory of 60ha, spreads across Sabyinyo slopes. This is the most visited group and the most habituated.
Golden Monkey tours have been available in the Volcanoes National Park since July 2003.