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DeBrazza’s Monkey

Scientific Name
Cercopithecus neglectus
Central Africa
Tropical forests and wetlands
Estimated Wild Population
DeBrazza's monkey in exhibit Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern

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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.

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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.

They were named after the Italian-born French explorer Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza.

After reaching maturity around the age of 6, females stay with their birth group while males disperse into new territory.

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