Uganda, Zaire, Kenya, Zambia, Angola, Central African Republic
Primary and secondary lowland rainforest, gallery, swamps, woodlands, mountain forests
These guenons are speckled yellow-brown, with pale underparts. The lower end of the tail is chestnut brown. The face is black, with blue around the eyes, and has white cheek fur. The nose color varies from white to yellow, depending on the sub-species. These monkeys possess cheeck pouches that they can fill quickly while foraging, and retire to a safer place to consume the food in them.
Diurnal and arboreal. These guenons live in one male,multi-female groups of 20 - 35. Multi-male groups occur at times during the year. The males split-up and emigrate, while the females remain and defend the territory and young. Males can sometimes act aggressively toward the young. A male's tenure in the same group is 11 - 72 months.
Females become sexually mature at 54 months, and males at 72 months. Of the guenons that have been studied, these are the only ones to give birth throughout the whole year, but only 3% of the births are during June-August.
Guenons make over 22 distinct vocalizations including alarm calls, chirps, loud sneezing sounds, and low croaking noises.
About Our Animals:
Our two guenon monkeys can be found in our Great Ape Building sharing an outdoor yard with our gorillas. In the wild these two species are often found together in the same habitat.
|Length:||12-24 inches; tail: 21-35 inches|
|Weight:||Females: 7 - 8 pounds; males: 7 - 10 pounds|
|Wild Diet:||Fruit, animal prey, leaves, and gums. More leaves are eaten when fruit is scarce.|
|This is an SSP animal|
|USFWS Status:||Not Listed|
|CITES Status:||Not Listed|
|Where at the Zoo?||Great Ape Building|