Extreme Athletes – the Patas Monkey

It is also known as the Military Monkey, the Hussar Monkey and the Red Guenon

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The Patas Monkey is a medium to large sized species of Old World Monkey that is found inhabiting the open grasslands of Central Africa. Also known as the Military Monkey, the Hussar Monkey and the Red Guenon, the Patas Monkey is the only member of it’s genus due to the fact that it has long limbs and short digits which are adaptations that enable it to run at great speed (something that other Guenon species do not have). Thought to be closely related to Vervet Monkeys Monkeys the Patas Monkey is found in areas with little cover and simply runs away if threatened. Their long back legs are so powerful that they are able to reach speeds of up to 35mph making them the fastest primates in the world. Due to the fact that Patas Monkeys are found in more open areas, they have not been as affected by deforestation in the same way as many other primates.
The Patas Monkey has a long and slimly built body covered in shaggy fur, which is white in colour on the underside and red on the back. Their long and powerful limbs are also white while their face is dark with a white moustache and beard, and a red cap with a heavy brow ridge that protects their eyes. They also have a distinctive black line that runs from the face up to the ear. Although male and female Patas Monkeys do look remarkably similar, the males tend to be larger in size and have a slight bump that protrudes from their head. Their lengthy limbs, hands and feet coupled with their short fingers and toes make them very adept at running at fast speeds across the open plains.
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Cercopithecidae
Genus: Erythrocebus
Scientific Name: Erythrocebus patas
Common Name: Patas Monkey
Other Name(s): Military Monkey, Hussar Monkey, Red Guenon
Group: Mammal
Number Of Species: 1
Location: Central Africa
Habitat: Savanna and open woodland
Colour: Red, Brown, White, Grey, Black
Skin Type: Hair
Size (H): 45cm – 85cm (18in – 33in)
Weight: 4kg – 13kg (8.8lbs – 28.6lbs)
Top Speed: 55kph (35mph)
Diet: Omnivore
Prey: Fruit, Insects, Eggs
Predators: Leopard, Hyena, Lion
Lifestyle: Diurnal
Group Behaviour: Troop
Life Span: 12 – 20 years
Age Of Sexual Maturity: 3 – 5 years
Gestation Period: 5 months
Average Litter Size: 1
Name Of Young: Infant
Age Of Weaning: 6 months
Conservation Status: Least Concern
Estimated Population Size: Decreasing
Biggest Threat: Hunting and capture
Most Distinctive Feature: Red back and white moustache and beard
Fun Fact: The fastest species of primate in the world!

Patas Monkey

The Patas Monkey is a medium to large sized species of Old World Monkey that is found inhabiting the open grasslands of Central Africa.

The Patas Monkey is found in areas with little cover and simply runs away if threatened. Their long back legs are so powerful that they are able to reach speeds of up to 35mph making them the fastest primates in the world.

They have long and slimly built body covered in shaggy fur, which is white in colour on the underside and red on the back. Their long and powerful limbs are also white while their face is dark with a white moustache and beard, and a red cap with a heavy brow ridge that protects their eyes. They also have a distinctive black line that runs from the face up to the ear. the fact that Patas Monkeys are found in more open areas, they have not been as affected by deforestation in the same way as many other primates.

Although male and female Patas Monkeys do look remarkably similar, the males tend to be larger in size and have a slight bump that protrudes from their head. Their lengthy limbs, hands and feet coupled with their short fingers and toes make them very adept at running at fast speeds across the open plains.

Top facts

  • Primates
  • Diet – Omnivore
  • Life Span – 12 to 20 years
  • Size – 18 to 33 inches
  • Weight – 9lbs to 28lbs
  • Prey – Fruit, Insects, Eggs
  • Predators – Leopard, Hyena, Lion
  • Conservation Status – Least Concern
  • Most Distinctive Feature: Red back and white moustache and beard
  • The fastest species of primate in the world!

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