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Patas Monkey

Erythrocebus patas
The Patas Monkey's claim to fame is that it is the fastest of all the primates-- these guys can run at speeds of up to 35mph!

You'll find these quick Primates in the open grasslands of central Africa. Unlike many other Monkeys  they do not live in trees, preferring a terrestrial lifestyle.

They live in social groups that are often led by one adult male, and contain several females and their offspring. Females are the only permanent members of these groups, as the young males leave when they reach maturity. At that time they either join temporary, all-male groups, or they remain solitary for a time.

Communication is very important within the Patas Monkey groups, and they use visuals, vocalizations, and scents. They produce a series of different warning calls, creating different sounds for different predator types. The Monkeys also strengthen bonds through communal grooming and play.

Though they are currently listed at Least Concern, the population is on a decline. Hunting and habitat loss are their main threats, and though some live within protected areas, many do not. They are also relatively rare in captivity-- only 15 American zoos have them.

IUCN Status : Least Concern
Location : Africa
Size : Body Length around 32in (82cm)
Classification : Phylum : Chordata -- Class : Mammalia -- Order : Primates
Family : Cercopithecidae -- Genus : Erythrocebus -- Species : E. patas

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