The Black Crested Mangabey Monkey (Lophocebus aterrimus) is a primate monkey and a mammal in the Cercopithecidae family.
The Black Crested Mangabey has black fur with a black crest on the top of its head. Its face is greyish black with a furrowed brow, whiskers, and orange-brown eyes. It has a dark nose and dark ears. It has a long tail.
It grows to 32-69 centimetres (12-27 inches) tall. Its tail measures 48-99 centimetres (19-39 inches) long.
The Black Crested Mangabey is native to Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa. It prefers sub-tropical and tropical dry forests.
It is mainly terrestrial, living on the forest floor (not in trees), but it sleeps in trees at night.
It is omnivorous, eating fruit, seeds, herbs, leaves, lizards, small birds, and small animals.
The Black Crested Mangabey is diurnal, active during the day. It is a good climber and a leaper – leaping from branch to branch.
The female gives birth to one live young after a pregnancy of 150 days. The baby clings to its mother’s stomach. The mother looks after her baby for about two years.
The Black Crested Mangabey lives, on average, for 18 years.
[Location of photographs: Paris Zoo, France]
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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