Vervet, grivet and green monkeys

About This Project

A large family

Vervet monkeys belong to the genus Chlorocebus, as do grivet monkeys and green monkeys, other closely-related species. These primates are found in sub-Saharan Africa in a variety of habitats: forest, savannah, farmland, and even in urban areas!

They are not endangered, but do suffer from deforestation, hunting and capture for the pet trade… This is what had happened to the monkeys at La Barben, who were confiscated by the authorities from private owners!

Latin name: Chlorocebus spp.
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Cercopithecidae
Size: 35 – 60 cm
Weight: 3 – 8 kg
Lifespan: 13 years
Gestation: 5.5 months
Number of young: 1
Habitat: tropical forest / savannah
Diet: frugivorous / herbivorous / insectivorous
Distribution: sub-Saharan Africa, from Senegal to Sudan and South Africa. Introduced into the Cape Verde Islands and the Caribbean.
Conservation status: not at risk