Mona monkey Facts

Mona monkey Facts
Mona monkey belongs to the group of Old World monkeys. It can be found in the southwestern Africa. Mona monkey inhabits rainforests, woodlands and mangrove swamps. These animals can be occasionally seen near the agricultural fields due to accelerated deforestation and lack of food in their natural habitats. Number of mona monkeys in the wild is large and stable. These animals are not on the list of endangered species.
Interesting Mona monkey Facts:
Mona monkey can reach 12.6 to 20.8 inches in length and 4.4 to 13.2 pounds of weight. Males are larger than females.
Mona monkey has red-brown or brown-agouti backs, white rump and ventral parts of the body and black tail and legs. Bluish-grey face is covered with dark eyebrows and white stripe on the forehead.
Mona monkey spends its entire life on the trees (arboreal animal). It moves quickly and ably through the treetops. Mona monkey lands on all four extremities when it jumps from one tree to another. It occasionally falls to the ground or in the water, but majority of these falls end up without injuries.
Mona monkey is active in the morning and late in the afternoon (diurnal animal).
Mona monkey is an omnivore (it eats plants and meat). Its diet is based on fruit, sprouts, leaves and various types of insects and other invertebrates.
Mona monkey has well developed cheek pouches (they are nearly the same size as the stomach) that are used for storing of food. Its teeth are covered with cusps designed for grinding of food.
Mona monkey lives in groups (called troops) of 5 to 50 individuals. Each group consists of one adult male and numerous females with their offspring.
Mona monkey is territorial animal. One group occupies territory of 50 acres.
Mona monkeys communicate via moaning calls. Males produce booming and hacking calls to announce occupation of a territory and their rank in the group. "Sneezing" calls are used to alarm other members of the group about upcoming danger.
Predators of mona monkeys are golden cats, leopards, crested eagles and pythons.
Mona monkeys respond to threat by freezing their bodies. They regain mobility as soon as danger is gone.
Males detect receptive females via sense of smell. Unlike many other species of monkeys, mona monkeys do not show signs of estrus swelling (swelling and redness of genitals which indicate that females are receptive).
Females produce offspring once every two years. Pregnancy lasts 5 to 6 months and ends with one baby (infant). Babies are born in the trees during the night. They depend on the mother's milk during the first year of their life.
Mona monkeys reach sexual maturity at the age of 2 to 5 years.
Mona monkey can survive up to 22 years in the captivity and around 30 years in the wild.

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