Patas monkey
February 17, 2016
Owl – faced Guenon
February 17, 2016
Scientific name: Cercopithecus ascanius
Identification:
Relatively small size, middle to tip of tail rufous - red and nose usually white. Cheek with longish, white hair and black strek. Face Dark with blue around eyes. Upperparts dark greenish - olive with a redish infusion, underparts usually white.
Habitat:
Primary and secondary lowland and montane forest to about 2000 metres above the sea level, also riverine and swamp forest as well as acacia woodland where it adjoins forest.
Behaviour:
Diurnal and arboreal, only infrequently descending to the ground. Means active mainly during early morning and late afternoon, but can observe at most time of the day. Troop size may vary from 7 - 35 individuals, use all forest levels when foraging, but more than half the time is spent in middle strata.
Food:
Fruits and other plant parts including resin, also insects. When fruits are scarce, they eats more leaves.
Reproduction:
Single young born after 125 days gestation period. Birth recorded throughout the year, with distint peak May to September.
Longevity:
22.5 years in captivity.