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This species is known to be the fastest of all primates, spending 60 percent of its lifetime on the ground. Trees are mainly used if danger arises. Patas monkeys can be found in groups of up to 50 individuals. Female juveniles usually remain in family groups, whereas male juveniles usually leave these groups at sexual maturity.
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|Classification||Order: primates (Primates); family: Old World monkeys (Cercopithecidae)|
|Diet||Omnivore that feeds on birds eggs, insects and small reptiles in addition to various parts of plants.|
|Habitat||Dry tree savannahs and semi-deserts|
|Reproduction||Gestation period: 167 days; 1 offspring|