Debrazza's Monkey

Theme area:  Children's Farm
Scientific name:  Cercopithecus neglectus
Class:  Mammals
Continent:  Africa
Habitat:  Savanna
Diet:  Herbivorous
Weight:  Up to 39 kg
Size:  58 cm
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These large monkeys have a unique way of avoiding potential predators. They freeze if startled and, because their fur is a greenish brown colour, they blend very well into the background and can’t be easily seen. 

Although currently classed as being of Least Concern, their numbers are decreasing because their native habitats are dwindling due to deforestation and climate change. They are also victims of the human bushmeat trade. Natural predators include eagles and leopards.

DeBrazza’s monkeys can live for about 22 years in the wild. They generally produce just one infant per year.  Here in the Zoo, they are fed a fairly varied diet including carrots, seeds, a prepared diet, oranges and rice.

Conservation status
Extinct
Extinct in the wild
Critically endangered
Endangered
Vulnerable
Near threatened
Least concern
Insufficient data
Not evaluated
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