Scientifically referred to as Erythrocebus patas,the Patas Monkey is a notable ground dwelling monkey and one of the rare Uganda Safari tour wildlife products spread in the savannah dry lands of East and West Africa.
Patas Monkey stretch to 85cm in body length without considering the
tail that can stretch up to 75cm. In terms of size, the mature males are
visibly larger than females as explored on Safari in Uganda. It is noted to be the fastest runner among all primates reaching up to 55km/h.
behaviour, the Patas Monkey thrive in multi-female groups with up to
sixty (60) members and each group features one male for the greater part
of the year. The range of males influx the female groups in the
breeding season and when the males reach four (4) years where they
attain sexual maturity, they vacate the mother group to join other male
They are known to thrive in open savannah along with semi
arid areas and tend to avoid the dense woodlands. The Patas Monkeys can
as well live in areas that have been affected by deforestation and in
agriculture plantations. No wonder their love for open areas makes them
visible in Murchison Falls National Park while on Uganda Safaris.
diet, the Patas Monkeys are omnivores in nature and as a result, they
consume diverse plants along with small animals. They majorly consume
acacia fruits, leaves and galls, seasonal fruits, tree gum and flowers.
Patas Monkeys also consume lizards, insects and eggs of birds as often
viewed on Africa holiday tours in Uganda.
Predators of Patas Monkeys include; cheetah, leopards and lions while
the young ones can as well be hunted by African wild dogs, Hyena, large
birds of prey and snakes. People also hunt them for meat and specimens
Regarding conservation, the Patas Monkeys are listed
as species of Least Concern on the red list of International Union for
Conservation of Nature (IUCN).