Kipunji amongst vegetation


Kipunjis were first discovered in 2003 and reported to the world in 2005. They were the first monkey species to be assigned a new genus since the 1920s. The only two known populations are in the mountain forests of Tanzania and with fewer than 2,000 individuals counted, they are already critically endangered. Little is known about the kipunji yet. They live in groups, mainly up in the tree tops and are, unsurprisingly, shy of humans. Their distinctive and loud 'honk bark' is unlike that of any other monkey and was a factor that helped to distinguish them as a new species.

Scientific name: Rungwecebus kipunji

Rank: Species

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The Kipunji can be found in a number of locations including: Africa. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Kipunji distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Tropical dry forest Tropical dry forest
Tropical dry forests, in contrast to rainforest, have to survive a long dry season each year, so the predominantly deciduous trees shed their leaves to cope with it. Sunlight can then reach the ground, so the season that's bad for the trees is good for the forest floor.


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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Critically Endangered

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Population trend: Decreasing

Year assessed: 2008

Classified by: IUCN 3.1

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