Vervet monkey

Used for studying genetic and social behaviors of humans as they have human-like characteristics such as anxiety, hypertension, and social and dependent alcohol use

Assaf Levy

Native to Africa and best known for their distinct gray fur and striking black face, these monkeys have carved a unique place in animal enthusiasts’ and researchers’ hearts. They are highly social animals, living in troops ranging from a few individuals to larger groups. Complex relationships and hierarchies develop within these troops, revealing their remarkable ability to communicate and cooperate. Their intricate vocalizations testify to their advanced communication skills, allowing them to convey various messages, from alarm calls to playful interactions.

These primates exhibit remarkable adaptability, inhabiting diverse environments, from savannas to forests. Their omnivorous diet includes various foods, from fruits and leaves to insects and small vertebrates. This adaptability has allowed them to thrive in multiple habitats across Africa.

One notable aspect of vervet monkeys is their role as ecological indicators. Being sensitive to changes in their environment, shifts in their behavior and population can signal larger ecological shifts. As a result, studying vervet monkeys can offer insights into the overall health of ecosystems.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Botswana
2022
Burundi
2022
DR Congo (Kinshasa)
2022
Eswatini
2022
Ethiopia
2022
Kenya
2022
Malawi
2022
Mozambique
2022
Rwanda
2022
Somalia
2022
South Africa
2022
South Sudan
2022
Tanzania
2022
Uganda
2022
Zambia
2022
Zimbabwe
2022

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Troop

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No