The Vervet monkey is an Old World monkey native to Africa. There are actually 5 different subspecies referred to as Vervet, some with very distinct looks. As part of conservation efforts, some Vervets have actually been introduced into places around the world, including here in America!
Vervets are small monkeys that have black faces with a grey body and white underbelly. Male Vervets weigh an average of 12 pounds and can be up to 24 inches in length at the base of the tail. Females Vervets average around 9 pounds and reach up to nearly 20 inches in length at the base of the tail.
Vervets are predominately vegetarians, eating leaves, seeds, flowers and fruits. They will, however, on occasion, eat small insects such as grasshoppers and even eggs should they find some handy. Vervets are social monkeys, living in groups for protection and to make raising young easier. Their natural predators are leopards, eagles, baboons and pythons. Loss of habitat, however, is another threat they face.
You can always come see this interesting monkey and perhaps you’ll even get to here their distinct vocalizations!