Vervet Monkeys are an active and agile species of monkeys and can be identified by their yellow to greenish-brown coat of hair, which brings them the nick name "green monkeys". They practice allomothering: the mother has juvenile helpers, who help to take care of the babies. This allows the mother to get pregnant again very soon, while allomother gains experience in parenting.
The population is declining because they are killed for bush meat and traditional medicine. Humans also see them as pests that steal their food and raid their fields. Vervet Monkeys are used for biomedical research, too.
What can you do to help save these animals?
When you buy your sanitary and beauty products look for vegan alternatives: many cosmetics are tested on animals before they are admitted to be sold.
up to 30 years
Southern and East Africa in areas with sufficient density of tall trees and permanent sources of water
45-50 cm body