Patas monkey - Racing guenons of the African savannahs

Patas monkeyMonkeys are regarded as very skillful and agile when it comes to climbing trees, but being very fast runners surely is not one of their main characteristics. But - as always - there are exceptions from the rule in this case too. One of these exceptions is the Patas monkey (Erythrocebus patas), the speed-record-holder among all apes. It reaches speeds of more than 50 km/h in not more than three seconds. Patas monkeys are related to guenons. They have long and strong legs and relatively short feet and toes - characteristics, which identify them as fast sprinters. Climbing trees is not their ambition - they are adapted to living on the ground. The Patas monkeys' favourite habitats are the African savannas south of the Sahara, dominated by grasslands and areas of acacia bushes, where hardly any trees can be found.

The Patas monkey is listed as Least Concern (LR/lc), lowest risk. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Namings for the patas monkey
A young / baby of a patas monkey is called a 'infant'. A patas monkey group is called a 'troop, barrel, tribe or cartload'.
Some facts about the
Patas monkey

Adult weight : 7.75 kg (17.05 lbs)

Maximum longevity : 28 years

Female maturity :956 days

Male maturity : 1400 days

Gestation : 167 days

Weaning : 162 days

Litter size : 1

Litters per year : 1

Interval between litters : 357 days

Weight at birth : 0.505 kg (1.111 lbs)

Weight at weaning : 1.95 kg (4.29 lbs)

Basal metabolic rate : 6 W

Body mass : 3 kg (6.6 lbs)

Temperature : 38.85 °C (101.93 °F)

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