My interest is in food competition studies in large mammal groups. Previous studies often neglect the influence of males due to the sex differences in the fitness priorities, with female priority being food while the priority for males is access to fertile females. Yet, males can affect food competition. To face this competition, individuals adopt behavioral strategies based on their social status by occupying spatial positions that can influence differently the time they allocate to feeding than to resting and travelling. I examined this issue in wild sooty mangabeys in the Tai National Park, Ivory Coast.