Bale Monkey

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Cercopithecidae Chlorocebus Chlorocebus djamdjamensis
Bale Monkey
IUCN Status: Vulnerable
  • Common Name: Bale Monkey
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1902
  • Monkey Size: 43 to 48.2 cm (17 to 19 inches)
  • Skin Color(s): Dark brown
  • Habitat: Bamboo forests
  • Diet: Herbivorous
  • Native Countries: Ethiopia

Bale Monkey Distribution

Bale Monkey Characteristics

Bale Monkey

The Bale monkey[1], also called the Bale Mountain Vervet, is an endangered, forest-dwelling arboreal primate restricted to a small range in the southern highlands of Ethiopia,

  • The bale monkey depends primarily on a single species of bamboo (Arundinaria Alpina) and favors a bamboo forest habitat.
  • These African primates feature small round heads, and their bodies are covered with a layer of dark-brown fur.
  • In addition, the abdomen, or lower region, of a male of this species is draped in blue fur.
  • A unique physical feature of Bale Monkeys is that they have cheek pouches that can be filled with food to be consumed later.

Bale Monkey Facts

Chlorocebus Djamdjamensis

  • They are the least known primates in Africa, having only been discovered in 1902.
  • Bale Mountain vervet monkeys feed primarily on bamboo, usually African alpine bamboo.
  • Their behavior towards humans is quite shy, and they tend to run away when someone encounters them.
  • They are socially active creatures as they form a large group, usually male-dominated, and talk to each other through various calls.
  • They are considered a group of endangered creatures according to the Red List of the IUCN. They owe this endangered status to hunting and habitat loss.

Suggested Reading: Different Breed of Monkeys

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Key References
  • [1]“Conservation and comparative behavioural ecology of the Bale monkey (Chlorocebus djamdjamensis) in southern Ethiopia”. Accessed August 03, 2022. Link.

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