Schmidt’s Guenon

Our Schmidt's Guenon, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MA

Where to find the Schmidt's Guenon (besides Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA!)

Schmidt's Guenon Facts

Schmidt’s Guenon
Cercopithecus ascanius


Life Span
30 years
12-24 inches body
21-35 inches tail
Average Weight
7-10 lbs
Group Name
Group Size
up to 30
Name of Young

Our Schmidt's Guenon, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MAFacts

  • 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. These monkeys are arboreal, so they spend most of their time in the trees foraging for leaves and fruit.
  • Guenons have cheek pouches to store food. These cheek pouches can hold nearly the same amount of food as their stomach. Their diet consists of fruit, flowers, seeds, leaves, and insects.
  • 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 group 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.

Did You Know?

Schmidt’s guenons are often unfriendly towards other troops of guenons. However, they seem to get along with other species and have been observed foraging with other primates such as mangabeys and colobus monkeys.