Cercopithecus ascanius schmidti
Where to see them:
Monkeys of Makokou, Ford African Rain Forest
- Schmidt’s guenons are known for their colorful markings and use expressive gestures and body color to visually communicate with other guenons.
- Schmidt’s guenons use their white cheeks to carry and store food and their long chestnut-colored tails are used for balance.
- This species uses up to 22 distinctive vocalizations consisting of alarm calls, chirping and even low croaking noises.
Height is 12 to 24 inches; tail length is 21 to 35 inches. Males weigh an average of 7 to 10 pounds; females, 7 to 8 pounds.
Central African Republic, Uganda, Kenya
Lowland forests, swamp forests, woodlands and mountain forests
Schmidt’s guenons are typically found in groups of 25 to 30 monkeys. Groups consist of one male and multiple females. Once juvenile males are old enough, they will leave the group in search of more resources and form new groups. Females remain in their group for their entire lives and will protect the young and territory. Schmidt’s guenon groups are usually unfriendly toward other Schmidt’s guenons but will co-habit with other species of monkeys. The species is diurnal and arboreal.
Gestation lasts 147 days, and females typically give birth to one offspring.
Schmidt’s guenons spend their days foraging for fruit, flowers, leaves and occasionally insects.
Up to 30 years; males are sexually mature around 6 years old, and females are sexually mature around 5 years old.
Some of My Neighbors (IN THE WILD)
Wolf guenons, elephants, hippos, crocodiles, chimpanzees, kori bustards
Population Status & Threats
Schmidt’s guenons are considered threatened, even though their populations are abundant in the wild. The concern is the impact deforestation has on their habitat and population status.