PATAS MONKEY
 
Erythrocebus patas
 



DISTRIBUTION AND HABITAT
The Patas Monkey is distributed in the sub-Saharian  part of Africa, from Senegal to Etiopia, and from the Serengeti plain to Mount Kilimanjaro.
 
DESCRIPTION
Adult males are considerably larger than adult females.  Its fur is reddish-orange on the back and white on the front. They have a distinctive white mustache. Reaching speeds of 55 km/h, it is the fastest runner among the primates.
 


REPRODUCTION
They are polygamous, the females give birth to one young.
 
DIET
The Patas Monkey feeds on insects, gum, seeds, tubers, plants, fruits, lizard and birds’ eggs.
 
SOCIAL BEHAVIOR
Patas monkeys are diurnal and mostly terrestrial animals. They live in social groups in which only the females are permanent members. When males leave the natal group at sexual maturity they may join an all male group or the male may live a solitary lifestyle. Usually only one male per group is present.
 


LONGEVITY
They live up to 21 years in the wild and approximately 24 years in captivity.