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Blue Monkey

Cercopithecus mitis


I spotted a group of blue monkeys in a village bordering Arusha National Park in Tanzania. Despite the name, blue monkeys are not noticeably blue but is mainly olive or gray apart from the face. Above is a mommy and baby blue monkeys staring at other monkeys looting our bag of tomatoes.


The blue monkey is found in evergreen forests and montane bamboo forests, and lives largely in the forest canopy, coming to the ground infrequently. It is very dependent on humid, shady areas with plenty of water. It eats mainly fruit and leaves, but will take some slower-moving invertebrates. It prefers to live in tall trees which provide both food and shelter.

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30 Comments (1–25)

YukoChartraw 5 years ago

Beautiful monkeys!

DanielePralong 5 years ago

Beautiful series!

Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 5 years ago


wonderful.. Thanks for sharing.

MayraSpringmann 5 years ago

Wow! Great series!

Incredable picture, congratulations

Carolina Espinoza
Carolina Espinoza 6 years ago

Great series :)

Carolina Espinoza
Carolina Espinoza 6 years ago


Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 6 years ago

Congratulations Jinky!
Wonderful series :)

patty 6 years ago

Great spotting Jinky =)

JinkyDee 6 years ago

@Hans, Stian, and Ludmilf: Thank you for your comments. Much appreciated.
@Cindy: Thanks for the notification about the photo that didn't upload :)

Hans.New 6 years ago

love the first two shots - adoreable.

Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 6 years ago

Great pictures Jinky!

ludmilf 6 years ago

Perfect photos!

JinkyDee 6 years ago

Thank you so much for the nice comments and for choosing this photo as spotting of the day. It's a pleasant surprise after being away in the bush for three days without internet connection. Thanks!

Jeannette 6 years ago

Lovely photos :)

Wild Things
Wild Things 6 years ago

Lovely spotting, congratulations!

JoyaMittal 6 years ago

its really nice..

Arun 6 years ago

Congrats .. cool spotting !!

injica 6 years ago


Apple 6 years ago

Congratulations on your spotting of the day!

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 6 years ago

beautiful Jinkee dee! The baby is so cute!

AnjaliAnantharam 6 years ago

Congrats, Its a beautiful spotting !!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 6 years ago

Congratulations for Spotting of the Day!
Excellent series,

Yasser 6 years ago

Congratulations, this submission has been chosen as Spotting of the Day! Great series!

"The Blue Monkey is a species of Old World monkey native to Central and East Africa. It eats mainly fruit and leaves, but will take some slower-moving invertebrates."


Arusha, Tanzania

Lat: -3.00, Long: 35.96

Spotted on Mar 6, 2012
Submitted on Mar 6, 2012


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