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Diana Monkey

The diana monkey (Cercopithecus diana) is an Old World monkey, meaning it lives in Africa. The monkey gets its name from its crescent-shaped white brow band that resembles the bow of the goddess Diana.

Size: The diana monkey ranges from 40 to 55 cm in length, excluding its tail, which is of a uniform 3-4 cm diameter and 50-75 cm long.

Life Span: Diana monkeys may live for up to 20 years.

Color: Black or dark grey, with a white throat

Continent: Western Africa

Range: Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana, Guinea, Côte d'Ivoire.

Habitat: The diana monkey lives in the primeval forests. It is active during the day. It feeds at all levels of the canopy and rarely comes down to the ground. Diana Monkeys retreat to the upper levels of the trees at night, though they do not make nests.

Food: Fruit and insects, but will also take flowers, young leaves and invertebrates,

Reproduction: Adult females reproduce annually and gestation lasts about five months.

Fun Facts: The diana monkey bobs its head as a sign of threat. The monkey does this with an open mouth.

Conservation: Endangered