The Sooty Mangabey Monkey (Cercocebus atys lunulatus) is a primate and a mammal. It is also known as the White-Crowned Mangabey, the White-Naped Mangabey, or the White-Collared Mangabey.
The Sooty Mangabey Monkey has short, sooty-coloured (greyish) fur, with a white belly. The back of its head is white. Its face is greyish-pink with a dark nose and dark ears.
It measures 32-69 centimetres (12-27 inches) tall. Its tail measures 48-99 centimetres (19-39 inches) long.
The Sooty Mangabey Monkey is native to west African countries, such as Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and the Ivory Coast. It prefers tropical rain forests, mangroves and swamps, and dry forests.
It is mainly terrestrial, living on the forest floor.
It is omnivorous, eating fruit, mushrooms, seeds, herbs, roots, and leaves, as well as bird eggs, lizard eggs, lizards, small birds, and small animals.
The Sooty Mangabey Monkey is diurnal, active during the day. It is a good climber and leaper.
It lives in small, social groups of 4-12 individuals.
The female gives birth to one live young after a five-month pregnancy. The baby clings to its mother’s belly. The mother looks after her baby for about two years.
It lives, on average, for 18 years.
[Location of photographs: Paris Zoo, France]
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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