The golden monkeys are endemic species of the Virunga massif. They are found in Volcanoes National Park, Mgahinga national park, Gishwati forest and Virunga National Park in Congo.
Golden monkeys live in families. The number of members per group varies between 100 to 125individuals. This includes one dominant male, females, juveniles and babies. The dominant males and adult females are responsible to protect the territory and resources found in, mostly females defend the food.
A dominant male leads the group from one to ten years, coordinates all the activities in the group, decides where to go where to stand and what to do. Two groups are regularly identified in Volcanoes national park such as: Musonga group that occupies 75 ha is located on Karisimbi’s slopes with 120 individuals.
Kabatwa group has a territory of 60 ha is located in Sabyinyo slopes with 110 individuals. This is the mostly visited and much habituated. The golden monkeys visit open up in volcanoes national park since July 2003.