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Diana Monkey

The Diana monkey is named after the Greek Goddess “Diana” from Greek mythology. Diana was a goddess of the moon and of the hunt. The white crescent on the forehead of the Diana Monkey represents the moon and the stripe on their thigh represents the archer's bow.
The zoo has one male Diana monkey. He was born in 2000 at a zoo in Moscow and brought to the Joburg zoo in 2005. We have requested a female for him and hope one will arrive soon.

The Diana Monkey is one of the most threatened and yet least known African monkey. It can be found in West Africa-Ivory Coast, Liberia and Sierra Leone. This rare primate inhabits primary and some secondary rainforests, they can also be found in deciduous forests-forest trees that seasonally shed their leaves and gallery forests-a narrow strip of forest along the banks of a watercourse flowing through open country.
The main subpopulations of the Diana Monkey occur in Liberia, where civil war has prevented any comprehensive surveys being conducted on this. It is estimated that 50 percent of the population in this country could have been lost over the last three generations due to hunting for bushmeat. With no wildlife protection, the increase in availability of firearms, and the continued demand for food, this primate has suffered dramatically.

Loss of habitat has also contributed to the decline of Diana Monkeys. To accommodate the growing human population, forests have been cleared for wood, crops and cattle. As the forests become more fragmented. Their large body size and colourful coat pattern make them even more susceptible to being hunted. The Diana Monkey is listed as Vulnerable on the endangered species list. This means that they face a high risk of extinction in the medium term.

Conservation efforts for these animals are few. The instability of the countries they inhabit makes it very hard to provide and promote protection for this species. There are a number of protected areas across its range, though hunting is thought to go on inside them. There is an urgent need for up-to-date information on this species, but this will not be easy to obtain.

The Diana monkey is classified as vulnerable on the IUCN endangered species list. This means that they face a high risk of extinction in the medium term

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