|Patas Monkey Erythrocebus patas
(aka Hussar Monkey, Military Monkey Cercopithecus patas)
|Mole National Park, Ghana
The Patas Monkey is distributed in a broad band across Africa south of the Sahara and north of the equatorial forests. See the distribution map at IUCN. It is found in open woodland savanna, semi-desert and grasslands.
With their long legs they are reckoned to be the fastest primate and use this speed of up to 55 km/hour to escape most predators rather than climbing trees.
The male has a rather splendid moustache which leads to its alternative English names of Hussar or Military Monkey.
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