I live in Central Africa
Swamp monkeys are native to central Africa and can be found in forests and near bodies of water in Cameroon, Congo, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
I am an Omnivore
Swamp monkeys eat a variety of fruits, seeds, and leaves along with shrimp, snails, and small invertebrates.
Swamp monkeys are social
Swamp monkeys are social primates who tend to live in groups of 40 or more individuals! Within the group, they practice social grooming, which is seen as an act to strengthen bonds between individuals.
I like to chat with others
Swamp monkeys have special vocalizations that range from deep grunts to chirp-like sounds.
Helping Swamp monkeys in the wild
To help protect swamp monkeys in the wild, the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo supports the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance. Since 2000, PASA has been protecting Africa’s primates from illegal pet trade, empowering local communities, and preserving habitats.
I am important to my ecosystem
Because of their heavy diet of fruits, seeds, and leaves, swamp monkeys are excellent in aiding seed dispersal across the forest floors.