Kingdom : Animalia
                         Class : Mammalia
                      Family : Cercopithecidae
       Scientific Name : Erythrocebus Patas

                      Colour : Red, Brown, White, 
                                     Grey, Black
                 Skin Type : Hair
                     Size(H) : 45cm - 85cm 
                                     (18in - 33in)
                     Weight : 4kg - 13kg 
                                      (8.8lbs - 28.6lbs)
               Top Speed : 55km/h (35mph)

                Life Span : 12 - 20 years
Distinctive Feature : Red back and 
                                    white moustache 
                                     and beard
                Fun Fact : The Fastest species of 
                                   primate in the world!
  1. Patas Monkeys are medium-large sized Old World Monkeys.
  2. They are the fastest primates in the world capable of reaching top speed up to 35mph.
  3. They inhabit the Central African open grasslands.
  4. They are also known as the Military monkey, The Red Guenon and the Hussar Monkey.
  5. They are very closely related to the Vervet Monkeys.
  6. They have long, slim body with red, shaggy fur covering them and a white underside.
  7. Their limbs are long and powerful, enabling them to run at incredible fast speeds reaching 35mph.
  8. Though the male and female Patas Monkeys look alike, the males are generally larger than the females.
  9. They inhabit the savanna plains, open woodlands, agricultural plantations, arid areas and other open areas.
  10. They are social animals living in troops comprising around 10-40 individuals.
  11. The troops comprise of a n old, dominant male and females and their young.
  12. Interestingly, the troops are led and protected by the female members.
  13. The male and female Patas monkeys interact only during the mating season.
  14. Depending on their geographical location, their mating season coincides with the winter months.
  15. The female Patas Monkey, gives birth to a single infant after a 5- month gestation and looks after the infant for 3 years.
  16. They are omnivores feeding on Acacia fruits, galls, seasonal fruits, leaves, insects, lizards and eggs
  17. Their natural predators are leopards, lions, cheetahs, hyenas, wild dogs, large birds of prey and snakes.
  18. They are also extensively captured by humans for trade as exotic pets and for scientific and medical research.

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