Did you know?

It was thought that the owl-faced monkeys copy large owls like a mimicry. This impression was based on their white, beak-like line on their noses and on their owl-like behaviour of using their heads as pendulums in case of danger. How-ever, this theory was never confirmed. The day-active primates live in small groups and are only rarely kept in zoos.

European Endangered species Program

This animal is managed by the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) under the European Endangered species Program.

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ClassificationOrder primates, family guenons and relatives; are closely related to baboons and macaques like rhesus monkeys
DietFruit, berries, buds, herbs, eggs and small animals
HabitatMountain forests of the upper reaches of the Congo and humid mountain forests up to a height of 4,000 metres
ReproductionGestation time: 5–6 months, 1 young (250–350 g); weaning: 6 months; sexual maturity: 3–4 years; maximum age: up to 28 years

Status according to Red List

More information you will get on the web page of the IUCN Red List.

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