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Chlorocebus aethiops (vervet monkey; green monkey)

Synonyms: Cercopithecus aethiops zavattarii; Cercopithecus calliaudi; Cercopithecus cano-viridis; Cercopithecus canoviridis; Cercopithecus cinereo-viridis; Cercopithecus cinereoviridis; Cercopithecus griseo-viridis; Cercopithecus griseoviridis; Cercopithecus griseus; Cercopithecus matschiei; Cercopithecus toldti; Lasiopyga weidholzi; Simia engytithia; Simia subviridis

Wikipedia Abstract

The grivet (Chlorocebus aethiops), also known as African green monkey and savanah monkey is an Old World monkey with long white tufts of hair along the sides of the face. Some authorities consider this and all of the members of the genus Chlorocebus to be a single species, Cercopithecus aethiops. As here defined, the grivet is restricted to Ethiopia, Sudan, Djibouti and Eritrea. In the southern part of its range, it comes into contact with the closely related vervet monkey (C. pygerythrus) and Bale Mountains vervet (C. djamdjamensis). Hybridization between them is possible, and may present a threat to the vulnerable Bale Mountains vervet. Unlike that species, the grivet is common and rated as Least Concern by the IUCN.
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EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 4.27
EDGE Score: 1.66


Adult Weight [2]  12.39 lbs (5.62 kg)
Birth Weight [2]  314 grams
Female Maturity [2]  2 years 10 months
Male Maturity [2]  5 years
Diet [3]  Carnivore (Invertebrates), Carnivore (Vertebrates), Frugivore, Herbivore
Diet - Fruit [3]  40 %
Diet - Invertibrates [3]  20 %
Diet - Plants [3]  20 %
Diet - Vertibrates [3]  20 %
Forages - Scansorial [3]  100 %
Arboreal [1]  Yes
Gestation [2]  5 months 12 days
Litter Size [2]  1
Litters / Year [2]  1
Maximum Longevity [2]  31 years
Weaning [2]  6 months 2 days


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
East Sudanian savanna Chad, Central African Republic, Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Ethiopian montane forests Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Ethiopian montane grasslands and woodlands Ethiopia, Eritrea Afrotropic Montane Grasslands and Shrublands
Ethiopian montane moorlands Ethiopia Afrotropic Montane Grasslands and Shrublands
Saharan flooded grasslands Sudan Afrotropic Flooded Grasslands and Savannas
Sahelian Acacia savanna Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Somali Acacia-Commiphora bushlands and thickets Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
South Saharan steppe and woodlands Mauritania, Mali, Algeria, Niger, Chad, Sudan Palearctic Deserts and Xeric Shrublands
Victoria Basin forest-savanna mosaic Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Abuko Nature Reserve IV 264 Gambia
Amboseli National Park National Reserve II 99624 Kenya
Foret Classee de la Mare Aux Hippopotames Bird Reserve IV 37906 Burkina Faso  
Itala Game Reserve Provincial Nature Reserve II 72822 Kwazulu Natal, South Africa  
Kibale National Park II 196202 Uganda
Kora National Park II 409762 Kenya
Kruger National Park II 4718115 Mpumalanga, South Africa
Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Reserve   Mpumalanga, South Africa  
Lake Manyara National Park II 78767 Tanzania  
Lake Nakuru National Park II 46472 Kenya  
Mahale Mountains National Park II 398414 Tanzania
Malolotja Nature Reserve IV 42044 Swaziland  
Mamili National Park II 83904 Namibia  
Mkhaya Game Reserve   Swaziland  
Mlawula Nature Reserve IV 46444 Swaziland  
Moremi Game Reserve IV 1214686 Botswana  
Nechisar National Park II 256137 Ethiopia  
Parc National de la Boucle du Baoule National Park II 977883 Mali  
Parc National de la Comoe National Park II 2902593 Côte d'Ivoire  
Parc National du Niokolo-Koba National Park II 2046878 Senegal  
Queen Elizabeth National Park II 522052 Uganda
Richtersveld National Park II 399195 Northern Cape, South Africa
South Luangwa National Park II 2220358 Zambia  
Takamanda National Park II 167041 Cameroon  
Tsavo East National Park II 3232255 Kenya
Tsitsikamma National Park II 34343 Southern Cape, South Africa  
West Caprivi Game Reserve Game Park VI 1448182 Namibia  

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Eastern Afromontane Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen, Zimbabwe No
Horn of Africa Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Oman, Somalia, Yemen No

Emblem of

Saint Kitts And Nevis

Prey / Diet

Ficus sycomorus (sycamore fig)[4]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Bycanistes bucinator (Trumpeter Hornbill)1
Cephalophus natalensis (Natal duiker)1
Civettictis civetta (African Civet)1
Epomophorus wahlbergi (Wahlberg's epauletted fruit bat)1
Eulemur fulvus (brown lemur)1
Lemur catta (ring-tailed lemur)1
Loxodonta africana (African Bush Elephant)1
Lybius torquatus (Black-collared Barbet)1
Neotragus moschatus (suni)1
Notopholia corrusca (Black-bellied Starling)1
Rousettus aegyptiacus (Egyptian rousette)1
Stactolaema leucotis (White-eared Barbet)1
Sylvicapra grimmia (bush duiker)1
Tauraco porphyreolophus (Purple-crested Turaco)1
Treron calvus (African Green Pigeon)1


Parasitized by 
Ctenocephalides felis strongylus[5]
Echidnophaga gallinacea (sticktight flea)[5]
Paragonimus africanus <Unverified Name>[6]
Pedicinus ferrisi[7]
Pedicinus hamadryas[7]
Pedicinus patas[7]
Watsonius watsoni <Unverified Name>[6]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Africa Alive!
Africam Safari (Africam, S. A.)
Almaty State Zoo of Kazakhstan
America's Teaching Zoo
Attica Zoological Park S.A.
Curraghs Wildlife Park
Dartmoor Zoological Park
Dept. of National Zoological Gardensaethiops
Erie Zoological Gardensaethiops
Giza Zoological Garden
Great Bend Zoo and Raptor Center
Guadalajara Zoo
Haifa Zoo & Biological Institute
Isle of Wight Zoo
Kazan Zoological & Botanical Garden
Kharkiv Zoo
Kyiv Zoological Park
Leningrad Zoo - St. Petersburg
Municipal Independent Org. Roev Ruchei
Nikolaev Zoo of Nikolaev-City Council
Novosibirsk Zoological Park
Oasys Parque del Desierto de Tabernas
Odsherreds Zoo Dyrepark A/S
Ogrod Zoologiczny im. Stefana Milera
Osaka Municipal Tennoji Zool. Gdns.
Parc Zoologique de la Barben
Parco Natura Viva
Patronato del Parque Zoologico de Leon
Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park
San Diego Zoo
Shepreth Wildlife Park
Sofia Zoological Gardens
Tallinn Zoo
Tbilisi Zoo
Tiergarten Bernburg
Tiergarten der Stadt Wels
Tierwelt Herberstein
Wildlife World Zoo
Wingham Wildlife Park
Wroclaw Zoo, LLC
Zoo de Pont-Scorff
Zoo Safari Swierkocin
Zoo Santo Inácio Vila Nova de Gaia
Zool.Nacional Parque Metro De Santiago
Zoological Society of Trinidad &Tobago

Range Map

Africa; Caribbean; Takamanda Forest Reserve; Tsavo National Park;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
2de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
3Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
4"Fig-eating by vertebrate frugivores: a global review", MIKE SHANAHAN, SAMSON SO, STEPHEN G. COMPTON and RICHARD CORLETT, Biol. Rev. (2001), 76, pp. 529–572
5International Flea Database
6Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
7Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
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