De Brazza’s Monkey
February 17, 2016
Vervet Monkey
February 16, 2016
Scientific name:
Cercopithecus albogularis
Identification:
At least 10 races recognised in East Africa. Typical Monkey appearance. In most races hair relatively long and dark, especially on upper surfaces of hands and feet as well as limbs. Long facial whiskers. Some races have prominent white troat ruff, others overall verry dark.
Habitat:
Lowland and montane forest and high altitude bamboo thickets. On coast, in relatively low scub forest, and on Unguja (Zanzibar ) utilises mangrove woodland.
Behaviour:
Live in troops of up to 40 individuals, often fewer. Most troops controlled by single adult male. Only females defend troop territory, while principal male chases off other males. Spend much of their foraging time in trees but regularly on ground too.
Food:
Very wide variety of plants, including leaves, fruits, seed, flowers and resin. They eat some insects, and have been seen catching birds and small mammals, including bushbabies.
Reproduction:
Single young, about 400 g, after some 120 - 140 days.
Longevity:
20 years, perhaps older.