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5 facts about the Mona Monkey

Published: Nov 17th 2017

Visitors to Grenada often find themselves astonished to encounter the Mona Monkey while in Grenada. Although this peculiar creature is not indigenous to the Spice Isle, it fits in perfectly, with the flora and fauna on the island.

It is believed that the Mona monkey was introduced to the island from a trade ship in the 18th Century from Ghana, and has mostly retreated to the interior forests.

They are often seen at the Grand Etang National Park, but the majority of the population reside deep within in the mountainous rainforest. This is most certainly a good thing, since they tend to be little mischiefs, with endless naughty tricks. They often help themselves to produce and cause havoc with the local farmers.

Here are 5 facts about the Mona Monkey:

1.    They’re just like hamsters or chipmunks. These cheeky little rascals can store food in their cheeks. It may be a banana or other type of fruit.  These monkeys usually live in troops of 30-35. They mainly eat fruit, but will sometimes opt for an insect or a lush leaf.

2.    The Mona Monkey is originally from the African country of Ghana, and are found living in the tropical forests around the Guinea Gulf. They can also be found in the countries of Togo, Benin and Cameroon. Mona monkeys have two distinguishing white spots on their hips, one each side of their tail. Their underside is a vivid white, which can be easily seen as they clamber through the canopies of the forest.

3.    They are the only primate to be found living in pure mangrove habitats, away from the coastal. There are other primates found in mangrove forests, but they are usually visiting from a neighbouring substantial coastal rainforest. It is only the Mona Monkey -the most adaptable primate - that feels at home in this sort of habitat.

4.    The Mona Monkey emits an alarm noise that sounds like a sneeze.  It is their form of signal, used as a cautionary call for danger close by. They also keep up communication with a different call made at regular intermissions when in thick foliage.

5.    If you were wondering if you could see the Mona Monkey somewhere else in the Caribbean, you can. They are also found in Barbados, Anguilla, St Kitts and Nevis and Saint Martin.

Where can you find a Mona monkey in Grenada?

To witness a Mona monkey in all its mischievous slender, take a hike through to the Grand Etang National Park and you just might get lucky. Or visit the Annandale waterfall which a Mona Monkey named Jack has made his residence.