Patas Monkey

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

Where to find the Patas Monkey (besides Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA!)
Patas Monkey Facts
Patas Monkey
Erythrocebus patas

Life Span
Wild: 15-20 years
Captivity: 20+ years
20-34 inches
Average Weight
22-29 lbs
Group Name
Group Size
Name of Young

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

  • Patas monkeys are terrestrial meaning they are suited for movement on the ground rather than in trees. They live in grasslands and dry woodlands. Their slender bodies and long forearms help them move quickly.
  • Patas monkeys sleep in trees at night, often with one individual per tree. They generally sleep in a different tree each night to avoid predators.
  • They are sometimes referred to as the “Dancing Monkey” because they jump up and down when excited.
  • A patas monkey has very large cheek pouches in which they are able to store the same amount of food that would fit in their stomach.
  • Patas monkeys often live in groups entirely composed of females with a single male. The male patas monkey spends much of his time keeping watch for danger.

Did You Know?

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.