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De Brazza’s Monkey


Quick Facts

Scientific name: Cercopithecus neglectus
Class: Mammal
Length: 20 to 23 inches (50 to 58 centimeters)
Height: 23 to 31 inches (58 to 78 centimeters)
Weight: 15 to 18 pounds (7.8 to 8.1 kilograms)
Life span: 20 to 26 years
Gestation: 168 to 187 days
Number of offspring: 1 at a time
Age of maturity: 5 to 6 years
Conservation status: Low Concern


Where they live

De Brazza’s monkeys live primarily in Central and Eastern Africa in various habitats including rain forests, swamp forests, bamboo forests and dry mountain forests.

A simple supper

These monkeys usually eat seeds and fruits. At the Zoo, they dine on commercial primate biscuits and vegetables.

What a distinguished white beard!

De Brazza’s monkeys are covered with brown fur with a whitish upper-lip and white chin fur. They also have a thin, white thigh stripe and a ginger-colored brow.

The De Brazza family

De Brazza’s monkeys typically live in troops of one male, one or more females and their young. Sometimes they will live in a smaller group of one male and one female. They will forage for food in the early morning and evening.

All for one!

These mark their territory with saliva and scent, but they would rather avoid than challenge an intruder. If another monkey species approaches their territory, the whole troop may force the intruders from their territory. They use deep, booming calls to communicate.

Bringing up baby

de Brazza’s monkeys breed throughout the year. Usually a single infant is born, but twins can occur on rare occasions. Infants are covered with light brown hair. They cling to their mother’s stomach for security and protection from predators such as leopards, eagles, pythons and other primates.

Did you expect Tupperware?

When they are looking for food in open areas, De Brazza’s monkeys store food in their cheek pouches. Later, when they are in a safe area, they will eat the food.



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