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Monkey (Mangabey)

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Cercocebus atys
Monkey (Mangabey)


Mangabey monkeys live in the forests of West Africa and Zaire.


They can be found in dense rainforests, mangroves, and swampy forests. They live a good part of their lives in the trees (arboreal), but do run along the ground at times to look for fruit.

Body Traits

They can measure more than 6 feet long, including their tails, which make up 1/2 their body length. Females are much smaller than the males, who can weigh up to 9 pounds.


Mangabeys live in troops of up to 20 females with one lead female and a couple of males.


They eat mostly fruit, with some plants and insects.


Because of their speed and high forest habitat they have few predators.

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Females are pregnant for 51/2 - 6 months (gestation) and have 1 young.

Lifespan and/or Conservation Status

They live for 30-40 years. They are listed as Lower Risk - near threatened.

Monkey (Mangabey)


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Haplorrhini
Infraorder: Simiiformes
Superfamily: Cercopithecoidea
Family: Cercopithecidae
Subfamily: Cercopithecinae
Genus: Cercocebus
Species: Cercocebus atys

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