Sykes’s Monkey
February 17, 2016
Olive baboon
February 15, 2016
Scientific name:
Cercopithecus pygerythrus
Identification:
Typical monkey - like appearance with long tail, black face with white - brown band and coat grizzle grey, sometimes with yellowish - olive infusion. Underparts paler to white, upper surface of hands and feet usually black, and scrotum of male powder blue.
Habitat:
Savanna and riverine woodland, often penetrating into arid areas and coastal scrub forest. In some parts occurs up to 4000 metres above sea level.
Behaviour:
More terrestrial than other any long tailed monkey except much larger patas. Can live in troops of 20 or more individuals, but most groups tend to be smaller. Diurnal, sleeping at night in trees and rarely, on clifts. Much of their foraging is done on the ground. In each troops clear social ranking is well established and maintained. Troops are multi - male and multi - female, with little conflit between troop individuals.
Food:
Wide range of fruits, flowers, leaves, seeds, resin as well as insects and small vertebrates. Can become a nuisance in farming areas, raiding crops.
Reproduction:
Birth may occur at any time of year, but there are definite peaks in the number of young born. Single young dropped after gestation of about 165 days. Newborn have pink face.
Longevity:
31 years in captivity.