Vervet Monkey - Cercopithecus aethiops

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Vervet Monkey - Cercopithecus aethiops | Baboon - Papio cynocephalus ursinus


Afrikaans Blou-aap
Zulu Nkawu Tswana Kgabo 

F 6cm
H 8cm

Distribution Dung

Male/Female Differences

Adult  males have a bright blue scrotum and a scarlet penis. Females have one pair of nipples on the chest.

Habitat and Distribution

Vervet Monkeys occur in woodland, tree savanna and flourish in city suburbs. They are dependent on water.


A wide range of vegetable foods but also insects, birds' eggs and small vertebrates. Often a serious pest in fruit orchards, crops and gardens.


Single young are born spring/summer and are weaned at four months.

Behavior and Habits

They are active during the day and sleep in trees. The are very sociable and live in troops usually 20-30 strong. Females remain in the troop that they were born in but males move from troop to troop after puberty. There are separate dominance hierarchies for males and females and only high-ranking males can mate. Troops have territories with well-defined boundaries. Taken by crowned and martial eagles, leopards and pythons.


Vervet Monkeys have a wide range of calls, including three very specific and distinct warning calls that signify threats from terrestrial predators, snakes and predatory birds.

Dung and Field sign

Droppings are 3-4 cm, roughly rounded and lumpy, usually containing fragments of vegetable foods. Discarded fragments of fruit and inedible pods.


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