Patas Monkey free Images, facts and other information

Patas Monkey, scientifically known as Erythrocebus patas, is mainly a terrestrial monkey found mainly in open grasslands, woodlands and semi-arid regions of African Sub-continent and stay away from dense forest cover. The body color ranges from reddish yellow to reddish brown, with limbs being white in color. They have a reddish tail.

Patas Monkey-The soldier look
RG73- Patas Monkey-The Soldier Look

Patas monkey ready to jump
RG74- Patas Monkey ready to Jump

Patas Monkey or Erythrocebus patas
RG75- Patas Monkey or Erythrocebus patas

Patas Monkey have lengthy limbs and short fingers and toes, making them the fastest running primate. The average weight ranges from 5-15 kg while the body length is 50-80 cm. The tail is almost equal to the body length. Males are larger than the females. They have white whiskers on the chin and white moustache. The eyes and nose are generally black. The fur ridge around the forehead gives a cap like look. It’s because of such soldier like appearance, that they have also been termed as Military Monkeys.

Patas Monkey collect most of their food from ground and eat tree or plant leaves, tree gum, flowers, insects, bird eggs, lizards etc.

The male and female monkeys live in separate groups consisting of 15-40 members each. The female group has one male, who leads them and protects them. However, during the mating seasons, other males also invade the female group and participate in mating process. They reach sexual maturity by 3 - 4 years age and the young male members leave the female group to join the exclusive male member groups by the age of 2-3 years. The gestation period is around 5.5 months with litter consisting of 1 infant. The female members remain with their mothers all throughout their lives.

The Patas monkey is not a threatened species, yet it is possible that it might be considered in this category in near future. The main threat is from wild cats like lions, tigers, leopards, wild dogs and human beings. Humans hunt them for their meat, for selling them and use in medical research works.

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