De Brazza’s Monkey

Cercopithecus neglectus

De Brazza’s monkey are arboreal so live in the tree canopy. They live in a range of forests, from acacia  to swamp forests and are often found near rivers. They are good swimmers so they are sometimes called swamp monkeys.

De Brazza’s monkeys forage for food in the early morning and evening. They hand-gather fruits, buds, young leaves, flowers, mushrooms, invertebrates and others small prey, such as lizards.

De Brazza’s monkeys live in groups of 6-10 individuals so vocal communication is used to communicate with the group, including a ‘grunting’ contact call and a ‘cackling’ alarm call. Male monkeys make loud, low booms and shake tree branches when threatened and use other non-verbal communication including staring, head-bobbing and yawning.

The De Brazza’s monkey is classified by the IUCN Red list as Least Concern. They are relatively widespread throughout central and eastern Africa, albeit threatened locally in parts of their range.

De Brazza’s monkeys are locally threatened by deforestation of habitat for agricultural land and timber. They are also hunted for meat, especially in the more western ranges, whilst in East Africa they are hunted for both food and as an agricultural pest.

The De Brazza’s monkeys who live at Fife Zoo are part of the European Ex-Situ Programme, or EEP managed by EAZA.

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De Brazza’s monkeys live in the tree canopy in a range of forests in central and western Africa and are often found near rivers.


De Brazza’s monkeys are primarily herbivores, eating fruits, buds, young leaves, flowers and mushrooms. They will also catch invertebrates and others small prey such as lizards.


De Brazza’s monkeys are locally threatened by hunting and habitat loss in parts of their range.



De Brazza’s are generally common and widespread as well as in some protected areas.


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