Fast Facts About the Vervet Monkey
Cercopithecus aethiops

© Nigel Dennis

Size
Males: 114 cm (tail 65 cm)
Females: 100 cm (tail 58 cm)

Weight
Males: 5.5 kg
Females: 4 kg

Lifespan
12 years

Habitat
Arboreal – especially riparian vegetation, i.e. along rivers

Gestation
5.5 months

Number of young
1

Food
Diet varied, includes fruit, flowers, leaves, buds, seeds, pods, gum, insects, bird’s eggs and nestlings, occasionally reptiles. Feed in trees or on the ground.

Predators
Birds of prey, snakes especially pythons, leopard, and other medium to large carnivores, and baboons

By Megan Emmett