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Allen's Swamp Monkeys at Brookfield Zoo

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No need to adjust the color on your screen. Yes, those are green monkeys! Allen's swamp monkeys have olive-colored fur all over, along with a black and gold pattern. Their camouflage helps them hide in the swampy lowland forests of Central Africa like in the Congo, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and possibly Angola, where snakes and eagles constantly prey on them.

These monkeys can run, climb, and swim and dive, which is useful when looking for food such as fruits, vegetables, insects, and even fish. The partial webbing between their fingers and toes make it easier for them to maneuver in the water.

For the first time, Brookfield Zoo has Allen's swamp monkeys. A total of five monkeys arrived from the San Diego Zoo earlier this year: three females, Bunzi, Makonnen, and Sitawi, and two males: Msafiri and Azizi. Both Msafiri and Sitawi were born in the wild about ten years ago. See them all at Tropic World: Africa, along with the red-tailed guenons and Angolan colobus monkeys.

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