Leaves, fruit, buds and other plant matter. Also some insects and birds.
This is a noisy, slender, elegant monkey with striking colouration with a black and white face, a white beard and chest and distinctive patches of bright chestnut on its back and hind limbs. It is an excellent climber and spends most of its time in the upper canopy of the trees but will come down to the ground to feed.
The female is larger than the male and she gives birth to a single young after a gestation period of about 7 months and suckles it for 6 months.
Habitat destruction, hunting for food and the pet trade.
Some protection within several national parks such as Bia Forest Reserve in Ghana and Tiwai Island, Sierra Leone. There is a European Endangered species Programme (EEP) for this monkey as well as careful management of the captive zoo population world-wide.
- Latin Name: Cercopithecus diana
- Class: Mammals
- Order: Primates
- Family: Cercopithecidae
- Conservation status: Vulnerable
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