Vervet Monkey - Mammals

Vervet Monkey - map of occurrence

Vervet Monkey

Cercopithecus aethiops

conservation status no relevant data

Weight: males 5.5-9kg (12-20lb), females 3-4kg (6-9lb)
Lenght: 45-50cm (1ft 6in - 1ft 8in)) + tail 27-30cm (11-12in)
Wild population:
Lifespan: 10-15 years
Gestation: 6-6.5 months, 1 young
Identification pale yellow through grey-green brown to dark brown, while the lower portion and the hair ring around the face is a whitish yellow. The face, hands, and feet are hairless and black.
Range: south from Sahara except rainy forest, deserts and
Habitat: anywere with fairly large trees or clumps of bush, favouring
acacia woodlands bordering rivers, streams and lakes

Protecting organisations:

Unlike the closely related guenons, vervets are not primarily forest dwellers, rather, they are semi-arboreal and semi-terrestrial, spending most of the day on the ground feeding and then sleeping at night in the trees. However they must drink each day and are dependent on water, so they are never far from rivers or lakes. Like most other members of the Cercopithecoidea superfamily, they have cheek pouches for storing food. They are diurnal, and are particularly active in the early morning and in the later afternoon or early evening.
They live in large groups, which can consist of some males, many females and their offspring, and can be as large as 80 animals. The group hierarchy plays an important role: dominant males and females are given priority in the search for food, and are groomed by subordinate members of the group. While young males must leave their group once they are fully mature, females remain and take on the role of their mothers. These monkeys are territorial animals, and a group can occupy an area of approximately 0.1 to 1 km². They use a wide variety of vocalizations. They can with warn off members of other groups from their territory, and they can also warn members of their own troop of dangers from predators, using different calls for different predators. Monkeys scream when they are disciplined by members of the troop. Facial expressions and body posturing serve as additional communication tools. Their social interactions are highly complex. Where alliances can be formed for benefit, deception is sometimes used. Physical affection is important between family members.
Vervet monkeys are omnivores. The majority of their diet, however, is grasses and fruits.
Predation: leopards, caracals, servals, eagles such as martial eagle, crocodiles and pythons.

Vervet Monkey (Cercopithecus aethiops) - branch tree masai mara
Vervet Monkey (Cercopithecus aethiops) - branch tree masai mara
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camera:NIKON D200
lens:Sigma 70-200 mm F2.8 EX DG MACRO HSM
focal length:200 mm
exposure time:1/320 s
location:Masai Mara, Kenya