The Diana Monkey has a beautiful black and white coat that also has tufts of orange. It is in trouble due to its disappearing forest habitat and because of hunting.
Body length: Male 57cm/ Female 44.5cm
Tail length: Male 86.1cm/ Female 71.3cm
Weight: Male 5.4kg/ Female 5kg
(Source: Doubutsu Sekai-isan* Red Data Animals Kodansha) (*World Animal Heritage)
The Diana Monkey lives in the forests of West Africa.
The Diana Monkey likes to eat fruit, flowers, and young leaves. It also eats insects from time to time.
The Diana Monkey is named after Diana, the Roman goddess of the moon. It has a crescent-shaped stripe on its forehead that looks like the jewelry worn by Diana.
An easy target for hunters
Since long ago, the Diana Monkey has been known as a beautiful monkey. The black and white areas of its fur are very distinct, and its orange tufts make it look very stylish. Unfortunately, this stylish coat means that hunters have no trouble finding it in the forest. Many Diana Monkeys have been killed by hunters because they are such easy targets.
Endangered by loss of forest habitat
The Diana Monkey is also threatened by a loss of habitat. Some forests are rapidly being logged to make farmland, while others have been destroyed by war. For the Diana Monkey, which spends most of its life in the treetops, the forest is more important than anything else. Some people believe that the number of Diana Monkeys has dropped by over thirty percent during the past thirty years due to hunting and loss of habitat.
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