Diana monkey

Cercopithecus diana

Diana monkey at Paignton Zoo
IUCN Conservation Status –
Least Concern
Extinct In The Wild
Class: Mammals
Order: Primates
Family: Cercopithecidae

Our trio of diana monkeys at the zoo can be discovered in Monkey Heights.

Diana monkeys belong to the Old World monkey family and are found in primary forests in West Africa from the Ivory Coast to Sierra Leone.

They mainly eat leaves, fruits and buds, though sometimes will also consume small insects.

Interesting facts!

  • This primate gets its name from the browband shape on their forehead, as it’s said to resemble the crescent on the brow of the goddess Diana!
  • Diana monkeys are diurnal animals – this means that they are mainly active during the day.


Extensive deforestation due to logging and charcoal production, continues to reduce the habitat of these monkeys. They are now classed as an Endangered species by the IUCN Red List.

The Diana monkeys at Paignton are part of the EAZA ex-situ breeding programme (EEP) for the species.