L’Hoest’s monkey

L’Hoest’s monkey Cercopithecus lhoesti (EEP)

ClassMammalia
OrderPrimates
FamilyCercopithecidae
Size40-60cm
Weight♂ 6-10 kg, ♀ 3-4,5kg
Gestation5 months
Birth1
Life-span20 years
Diet
omnivorous (fruit, leaves, insects and small vertebrates)

Habitat
tropical mountain forests

Range
Africa (Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo)


Recognisable from the ruff of white fur around their neck, L’Hoest’s monkeys store their food in their jowls as they move around.
 
They live in groups of about 15 with one dominant male and several females with their young. They very often move about on the ground, and unlike many other primates, run away from their predators, which include crowned eagles.
 
The species is ranked as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List due to the destruction of its habitat (through the growth in farming) and because they are are hunted for their meat.




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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