Species: Cercopithecus neglectus
Common Name: De Brazza’s Monkey
The De Brazza’s monkey lives Africa, mainly in an area bounded by southern Ethiopia, Cameroon and northern Angola. They reside in forest, swmaps, and seasonally flooded areas – but vastly prefer dense vegetation and closed canopy forests.
De Brazza’s are one of the largest and most sexually dimorphic guenon species. Males weigh up to 7 kg while females weigh less than 4 kg. Both sexes have large cheek pouches and robust feet. They are generally brownish/greenish with a white snout and beard and an orange crown, additionally the males have a conspicuous blue scrotum. Social groups consist of 4-10 animals – mainly the female and her offspring. Males leave the goup upon reaching sexual maturity. There is, however, some variability in their social organization, which ranges from monogamous to polygynous. Ranges are small. De Brazzas are omnivorous and eat fruit, the inevitable insects, leaves and mushrooms. In turn, they are preyed upon by leopards, chimps, eagles, and snakes.