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Vervet Monkey

Vervet Monkey

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Scientific Name:

Chlorocebus aethiops


Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Sudan.


Omnivore. Grasses, fruits, flowers, bulbs, roots, leaves, eggs, small animals such as chameleons, fledgling birds and rodents.


Habitat: Savannah and open woodland close to rivers.

Dimensions: males 60cm max, females 50cm max

Weight: males 6,4kg max, females 5kg max

Gestation: 6 months, 1 young

Lifespan: ~30

Social structure: Multi-sex groups of 6-20 individuals. All members (excluding infants) may defend the territory. Adult males form a dominance hierarchy.

Estimated population in the wild: Common

IUCN Status: Least Concern

Threats: There are no major threats to this species.

Did you know that:

  1. These are highly social animals. They travel in small groups and are one of the few species to have multi-male groups. High ranking males demonstrate their place in the hierarchy by placing their tail in a stiffly upright position and strolling past lower ranking males.
  2. The males reproductive organs are light blue in colour.

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