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Diana Monkey

Diana Monkey

Diana Monkey Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Cercopithecus diana
  • Class

  • Order

  • Range

    Diana monkeys are native to western Africa, from Sierra Leone to Ghana.
  • Status

    Diana monkeys are classified as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Lincoln Park Zoo participates in the Diana Monkey Species Survival Plan®, a shared management effort by zoos throughout the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
  • Habitat

    This tree-dwelling species is often found in the upper levels of forest trees. They even sleep among the branches!
  • Niche

    Diana monkeys search the treetops for food, eating a diet that includes fruits, flowers and insects. They’re vulnerable to predators including leopards, snakes and birds of prey.
  • Life History

    Diana monkeys are social animals, living in troops including a single adult male, his mates and their offspring. Females give birth to one or possibly two babies at a time. The little ones are dependent on mom for six months and mature around three years of age. Female offspring stay with their birth groups while males leave when they approach maturity.
  • Special Adaptations

    Diana monkeys use a variety of facial expressions and calls to communicate within their group. They even have distinct alarm calls for different predators, making different sounds when they spot an eagle or a leopard.


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