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Vervet monkey

Chlorocebus pygerythrus


The vervet monkey has a black face with a white fringe of hair, while the overall body color is mostly grizzled-grey. The males of all species have a pale blue scrotum. They are diurnal and social; living in groups of up to 72 individuals. There is a clear order of dominance among individuals within the group. They eat a wide range of fruits, figs, leaves, seeds, flowers, bird eggs and young chicks, and insects.


This monkey ranges throughout much of Southern and East Africa, living in savannas, riverine woodlands, coastal forests and mountains up to 4000 m (13,100 ft). They are adaptable and able to persist in secondary and/or highly fragmented vegetation, including cultivated areas, and sometimes are found living in both rural and urban environments.


This vervet was seen at the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, a rescue and rehabilitation center.

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Lilongwe, Malawi

Lat: -13.99, Long: 33.78

Spotted on May 5, 2011
Submitted on Feb 24, 2012

Spotted for missions


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