Grivet Monkey

Our Grivet Monkey, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MA

Where to find the Grivet Monkey (besides Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA!)
Grivet Monkey Facts
Grivet Monkey
Chlorocebus aethiops

Life Span
Wild: 17 years
Captivity: 30 years
17-19.5 in body
Average Weight
6-9 lbs
Group Name
Group Size
Name of Young

Our Grivet Monkey, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MAFacts

  • Grivet monkeys are most active during the day or are diurnal. During the day they spend their time on the ground looking for food. At night they sleep in the trees for safety.
  • Much of their time is spent grooming, playing, play fighting, and eating. They are omnivores and eat a wide range of things such as fruit, seeds, eggs, insects, and some small animals such as lizards.
  • The availability of a water source is of particular importance during the dry season. They often live near water so they can drink daily.
  • They have special alarm calls for different types of predators so the group members can react properly. If a grivet monkey sees a leopard and makes the corresponding call, then the rest of the group hides in the trees. If one makes the call for an eagle, then the others will hide in dense brush.

Did You Know?

They have cheek pouches for storing food. This is so they can gather food and bring it to a safer area to eat. They have many predators including snakes, leopards, lions, large birds of prey, and even humans.