What kind of animal is the Diana Monkey? An explanation of its characteristics, ecology, and habitat


What kind of animal is the Diana Monkey? We will explain its characteristics, ecology, and habitat. Its coat color is clearly divided into black and white, and it is classified as the same as the long-tailed macaque. However, this monkey is an endangered species and is in a very critical situation.

What is Diana Monkey? Basic Stats

The Diana monkey is a primate classified in the Mammalia class, Primates order, Cercopithecidae family, Cercopithecidae genus. Its scientific name is Cercopithecus diana, and its English name is Diana monkey. Its body length is 50-62cm, and its weight is 5-7kg. The list of information is as follows.

English(英名)Diana monkey
scientific name(学名)Cercopithecus diana
classification(分類)Mammalia、Primates、 Cercopithecidae、Cercopithecus


Diana monkeys are found in central Africa, including Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire.

What are its characteristics? What kind of creature is it?

Diana monkeys have a distinct black and white coat, a tail longer than their body length, and live in trees. The cheeks, chest, and inside of the forelimbs are white, and the white hair on their foreheads gives them a crescent shape, which is why they were named after the Roman goddess of the moon, Diana. Diana monkeys love the rainforest, and when they walk, they hold their tails up.

What is their personality like?

Diana monkeys are highly social animals, living in groups of 10 to 30. They often compete for territory with other groups and even fight.

What is their ecology?

Diana monkeys are omnivorous, with a strong tendency to eat plants, and often eat leaves, flowers, fruits, seeds, resin, insects, etc. They reproduce viviparously. The gestation period is about 5 months, and they can give birth to one baby at a time. The babies are weaned in about 6 months, and both males and females reach sexual maturity in 3 years. Their lifespan is about 20 years.

Do they have any natural predators?

Diana monkeys’ natural predators include leopards and chimpanzees.

Are Diana Monkeys an Endangered Species?

Diana Monkeys are an endangered species. They are listed in Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), so international trade is strictly restricted. They are being hunted due to habitat destruction caused by deforestation and development, and extermination as pests. They are legally protected in their habitat, and protected areas have been established and activities are being promoted.

Can Diana Monkeys be kept as pets?

As mentioned above, Diana Monkeys are designated as an endangered species and are listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), so international trade is strictly restricted. Therefore, it is extremely difficult to keep them as pets.


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