Schmidt's Guenon

Cercopithecus ascanius schmidti

Class: Mammalia Order: Primates Family: Cercopithecidae


Length: 1-2 ft (body), 21-35 in (tail) 

Weight (Males): 7-10 lbs
Weight (Females): 7- 8 lbs


Up to 30 years


Nuts, fruit, plants, insects

Habitat & Range

Rainforest, swamps,
woodlands of Central Africa

Interesting Facts

  • Schmidt’s guenons are also known as red-tailed guenons and sometimes spot-nosed guenons. They are diurnal, meaning they are most active during the day.
  • Guenons have cheek pouches to store food. These cheek pouches can hold nearly the same amount of food as their stomach.
  • Schmidt’s guenons make a wide range of vocalizations including chirps, sneezing noises, and whistles. They also communicate physically through facial expressions and body movements.
  • Females remain in the same social group (also called a troop) for their entire lifetime, but males are forced to leave once they reach sexual maturity. They may join an all male group, or displace a male from a different group.

Conservation Status

Least Concern