Kingdom : Animalia
                  Class : Mammalia
               Family : Cercopithecidae
Scientific Name : Chlorocebus pygerythrus

               Colour : Olive, Grey, Brown, 
                                Black, Silver
          Skin Type : Fur
               Size(L) : 46cm - 66cm 
                                (17.9in - 25.7in)
               Weight : 3.5kg - 5kg 
                                (7lbs - 10lbs)

         Top Speed : 45km/h (30mph)
          Life Span : 12 - 24 years
Most Distinctive 
              Feature : Black face with 
                                white ear tufts
            Fun Fact : Rarely found more than 
                                450m from trees!
  1. Vervet Monkeys are grey or olive coloured, medium-sized mammals found in east Africa.
  2. There are about 6 different species of Vervet monkeys known to us so far.
  3. These monkeys live on trees in groups called troops consisting of 10 – 50 monkeys.
  4. Vervet Monkeys have furry bodies, black faces, long limbs, cheek tufts and long tails.
  5. Male Vervets are larger than females and are identified by their bright blue testicles.
  6. They are very social animals and love to groom themselves and each other.
  7. Vervet Monkeys are diurnal, meaning they are active at daytime rather than at night.
  8. These monkeys communicate by chattering but also use screeches and whistles as alarm calls.
  9. They are omnivorous and eat fruits, seeds, leaves, shoots, insects, eggs and rodents.
  10. Vervet Monkeys can live for about 12 – 24 years on an average.
  11. Females give birth to one infant after a gestation period of 5-6 months.
  12. Babies are suckled for the first few months before they become independent.
  13. Babies can be looked after by other immature females in the troop called allomothers.
  14. Infants have pink faces and black fur, developing their adult colouration after some months.
  15. Vervet Monkeys become sexually mature for reproduction at around 2 – 5 years of age.
  16. Upon maturing, male Vervets move out of the group to join a neighbouring group.
  17. Female Vervet Monkeys tend to stay on in the same group throughout their lives.
  18. The main predators of the Vervet monkeys are leopards, serval, caracal, pythons and crocodiles.
  19. Vervet monkeys are not endangered because they are pretty adaptable to urban life.

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