Vervet Monkey

Cercopithecus aethiops
Overall length: 1-1,3m
Body weight: 5-7 kg
Pregnancy : 165 days
Number of young: 1

These common, gregarious animals live in family troops or small parties.  Diurnal, they sleep at night in trees.  They are found in a wide range of habitats, including tree and bush savanna, montane and forest and coastal bush.  Not strictly arboreal, they take readily to the ground in search of food and water.  Their senses are acute and they are constantly on the alert against predators such as leopard and the crown eagle.  The call most often heard is a chatter and stutter, or a high pitched squeal when in distress.  They are often kept as pets when young, which should be avoided as they become treacherous when older.  The social order is always maintained, often aggressively.