DeBrazza's monkeys are notable for their distinctive white facial hair, which resembles a beard. They have gray fur, a white belly, and an orange crest on their forehead. Males weigh as much as 25 pounds while females typically weigh much less. They primarily eat fruit, leaves, and insects. Although they spend most of their time in the thick forest canopy, they can also swim.
Interesting Fact 1
DeBrazza's monkeys are one of the most widespread African forest monkeys, though they face potential threats from habitat loss and the illegal pet trade.
Interesting Fact 2
They were named after the Italian-born French explorer Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza.
Interesting Fact 3
After reaching maturity around the age of 6, females stay with their birth group while males disperse into new territory.
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