Three lesser spot-nosed guenons call the Central Florida Zoo home.
Guenons use a variety of methods to communicate with each other. The spot-nosed guenon alarm call sounds like a cat purring. The male of the group will use the purring sound to distract the predator while the rest of the troop uses the distraction to seek safety elsewhere. Body language is also important to guenons. They open their mouths showing their teeth, close their eyelids, as well as move their head or tail to get their message across to others. Guenons are known for their facial adornments such as mustaches, beards, and throat ruff. The lesser spot-nosed guenon is brown/gray with a white beard, and a white mark on their nose.
You wouldn't be able to tell at first glance under all that fur, but spot-nosed guenons have blue skin.
Lesser spot-nosed guenons have cheek pouches which are used to carry food while foraging.
Central and Western Africa
tropical forests and woodlands
4.2 to 6.6 kg
leaves, fruits, some insects
bird of prey, leopard, chimpanzee
varying alarm calls depending on the location and type of predator
give birth to a single young
median life expectancy 16 years