These animals have been noted as possessing numerous human-like personality characteristics. Unfortunately for them, these include anxiety and hypertension. As a result, their behavior has been widely studied.
The Vervet Monkey generally lives in groups that number between 10-70 individuals. However, once males reach sexual maturity, they typically migrate to another group.
Vervet Monkey Physical Description
The males reach roughly 12 lb (5.5 kg) in weight. Large males sometimes reach as much as 24 in (61 cm) in length. The females usually attain a weight of about 9 lb (4.1 kg). Some females grow to as much as 19.5 in (48 cm) long.
These lengths naturally include the tail. Body coloring for both genders primarily stays a light gray. The black face remains surrounded by a fringe of white hair.
Vervet Monkey Habitat, Behavior, and Ecology
While males depart the group upon maturity, females remain for life. Social status displays a dependency upon a hierarchy system within each gender, much like humans.
The Vervet Monkey has an omnivorous diet and primarily feeds on a variety of flowers, seeds, leaves, and fruit. They will also feed on a variety of insects. In regions where they are an introduced species, they often feed on the local agricultural crops.
The principal natural predators of this simian include eagles, leopards, and pythons.