Wildlife Species of the Week

Mona monkey (Cercopithecus mona)

The Mona monkey is one of the popularly hunted and traded primate as human pet. They are found across sub-Saharan Africa including Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Senegal, Congo, Angola, Kasai, Gambia, Kwango, and West Uganda. Its gentility and friendly nature is a salient factor human poach it more; readily habituating with humans.

This astounding species diet consists of fruits, seeds, leaves, flowers, and insects. In contribution to ecosystems sustainability, Mona monkeys are valuable seed dispersers. After eating a fruit, a monkey may travel a great distance before their food digests. They defecate the seed far away from the parent tree, thus “planting trees and saving lives.”

The International Union for Conservation of Nature listed the Mona monkey as Near Threatened, thus appearing on the IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species. Be the advocate for this species conservation as Mona monkeys face intense pressure, killed by poachers through fruit poisoning, hunted for bushmeat and pet trading throughout West Africa.