Vervet monkey


Vervet monkey (Cercophitecus aethiops)

Unusual signals

One does not have to look long to notice the carmine red penis and azure blue scrotum of the male vervet monkeys. Sometimes the males even put their sexual organs to display. When a fellow species approaches the penis is also erected. With this impositioning behavior the animal signals superiority over other males and that way secures the interest of the females of the group.


Category: Mammal

Size: head to barrel 35-66 cm; tail 50-72 cm

Age: 30 years

Sexually mature: with 2-2,5 years

gestation period: approx. 165 days

food: grass, fruits, berries, leaves, flowers, buds, invertebrates

habitat: open terrain, soil and tree dwellers, on the border between forest and savannah

Danger: not endangered

distribution area