Wildlife Species of the Week

The tantalus monkey (Chlorocebus tantalus) is an Old World monkey from Africa that ranges from Ghana to Sudan. Tantalus monkeys assume a crucial part in dispersing the seeds of the fruits they eat, conceivably more so than some other species in their variety. By constantly meandering prairies looking foraging grounds, the seeds from the organic product that a Tantalus monkey ate are dispersed to new territories contributing to natural reforestation and regeneration of forests. It is a common species with a wide range, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature has rated its conservation status as being of “least concern”.                         

Tantalus monkeys live in troops averaging about thirty individuals with social hierarchy within the group, with up to ten adult males and eighteen adult females, and varying numbers of juveniles and young, although some adult males move about singly.
A medium-sized monkey has black face and a long tail with white or yellowish browband above the eyes. The body is grizzled in a greenish or champagne golden colour. The male is larger than the female and has a bright blue scrotum surrounded by orange hairs.