Scientific Name: 

Cercopithecus mona

Conservation Status:
Mona monkeys are listed as “lower risk” by the IUCN.

Where to see them:
Monkeys of Makokou, Ford African Rain Forest

Fun Facts:

  • Monas are very active monkeys and can be seen “flying” or moving very quickly from tree to tree.
  • Mona monkeys respond to danger by freezing in place.
  • It was once thought that this species’ name derived from their “moaning” vocalizations; however, the name actually comes from a Moorish root word describing their long tails.

Mona Monkey




Height is 13 to 21 inches. Males weigh about 10 pounds; females, about 6 pounds.

Southwest Africa, including Congo, Nigeria, Cameroon and West Uganda

Forest canopies of rainforests, woodlands and swamps

Mona monkeys are arboreal, meaning they spend most of their time in trees. Groups can consist of up to 50 monkeys, typically with one adult male heading the group. Mona monkeys are most active in the mornings and evenings.

Fruits, small leaves and even insects

Life Cycle:
Gestation is five to six months, and females typically give birth to one offspring. Both males and females reach sexual maturity at 2 to 5 years old.

Up to 30 years

Population Status & Threats:
Mona monkey populations are considered abundant.  However, their habitats are disappearing due to deforestation. This habitat loss is thought to be driving mona monkeys to raid crops on occasion.