Patas Monkey

Erythrocebus patas

Class: Mammalia Order: Primates Family: Cercopithecidae


Height: 20-30 in (body, 20-27 in (tail)
  Weight: 20-29 lbs


15-20 years


Patas monkeys are omnivores and have a varied diet. Fruit and insects make up the majority of their diet, but these monkeys also feed on leaves, flowers, roots, eggs, and small vertebrates.

Habitat & Range

Savanna and woodland habitats of Africa

Interesting Facts

  • Patas monkeys are terrestrial meaning they spend most of their time on the ground rather than in trees. However, they do sleep in trees at night, and will select a different tree each night to avoid predators.
  • Patas monkeys are the fastest primates on Earth. They can move at speeds up to 34 mph. The average top running speed for a human is between 13 and 20 miles per hour.
  • Patas monkeys often live in groups composed primarily of females and a single male. The male spends much of his time keeping watch for danger.

Conservation Status

Least Concern


This wide spread species is currently considered least concern. However, they are threatened by habitat loss and are sometimes hunted as food.