An adult male Blue Nile patas monkey (Erythrocebus poliophaeus), Beijing ZooJONAS LIVET

Primatologist Spartaco Gippoliti confirmed the existence of a second species of the mustache-wearing patas monkey in a study published in Primate Conservation last year. Patas monkeys are fast runners, able to reach a speed of 34 miles per hour, and are native to the Blue Nile basin in western Ethiopia and Sudan.

S. Gippoliti, “On the taxonomy of Erythrocebus with a re-evaluation of Erythrocebus poliophaeus (Reichenbach, 1862) from the Blue Nile region of Sudan and Ethiopia,” Primate Conservation, 31:53-59, 2017.

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