De Brazza’s monkey

De Brazza’s monkey Cercopithecus neglectus (EEP)

ClassMammalia
OrderPrimates
FamilyCercopithecidae
Size45-55cm
Weightup to 5.5kg
Gestation6 months
Birth1
Life-span20 years
Diet
omnivorous (mainly fruit, leaves, mushrooms, termites, worms)

Habitat
swampy forests/forests close to rivers and waterways

Range
Central Africa (Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Congo, Gabon, Guinea, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya)


This is a mainly tree-dwelling species, but unlike other guenons, De Brazza’s monkeys often move about in low branches and even on the ground. They are also more discreet than most other members of the Cercopithecidae family, only rarely announcing their presence with powerful group cries.
 
The De Brazza’s monkey is named after the man who discovered it, Jacques Savorgnan de Brazza. This naturalist explored the Congo Basin at the request of his brother, Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, commissioner general of the Congo from 1886 to 1897 and the founder of Brazzaville.




Status in the wild (Source: IUCN)

  • Not evaluated
    NE
  • Data deficient
    DD
  • Least concern
    LC
  • Near threatened
    NT
  • Vulnerable
    VU
  • Endangered
    EN
  •  Critically endangered
    CR
  • Extinct in the wild
    EW
  • Extinct
    EX

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