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Green Monkey

Green Monkey
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-10
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite African animal photos 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-23 8:22
Viewed: 5630
Points: 34
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Taken earlier this month.

The Green Monkey (Chlorocebus sabaeus), also known as the Callithrix Monkey, is an Old World monkey with golden-green fur and pale hands and feet. The tip of the tail is golden yellow as are the backs of the thighs and cheek whiskers. They do not have a distinguishing band of fur on the brow, like other Chlorocebus species, and males have a pale blue scrotum. Some authorities consider this and all of the members of the genus Chlorocebus to be a single widespread species, Cercopithecus aethiops — confusingly, the name "Green Monkey" has also been used for this single species.

The Green Monkey is found in West Africa from Senegal to the Volta River. It has been introduced to the Cape Verde islands off north-western Africa, and the West Indian islands of Saint Kitts, Nevis, and Barbados.[1] It was introduced to the West Indies in the late 1600s when slave trade ships travelled to the Caribbean from West Africa.

It occurs in a wide range of wooded habitats, ranging from very dry Sahel woodland to the edge of rainforests. It is also commonly seen in coastal regions, where known to feed on seashore foods such as crabs. It also takes a wide variety of other foods, including fruits and invertebrates. As other members of the genus Chlorocebus, the Green Monkey is highly social and usually seen in groups.


Niokolo-Koba was declared a Senegalese national park on 1 January 1954, expanded in 1969, and it was inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 1981 as a UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve.In 2007 it was added to the UNESCO List of Endangered World Heritage sites.

The national park is known for its wildlife. The government of Senegal estimates the park contains 20 species of amphibian, 60 species of fish, 38 species of reptile (of which four are tortoises). There are some 80 mammal species. These included (as of 2005) an estimated 11000 buffalo, 6000 hippopotomii, 400 western giant eland, 50 elephants, 120 lions, 150 chimpanzees, 3000 waterbuck (kobus ellipsiprymnus) , 2000 common duiker (Sylvicapra grimmia), an unknown number of red colobus (Colobus badius rufomitratus) and a few rare leopards and african wild dogs (Lycaon pictus), although this canid is thought to be wiped out throughout the rest of the country.

Around 330 species of birds have been sighted in the park, notably the Great bustard, Black Crowned Crane, Southern Ground-hornbill (Bucorvus cafer) , Martial Eagle, Bateleur (Terathopius ecaudatus), and White-faced Duck (Dendrocygna viduata).

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-23 8:30]

Hello James,
Very nice photo of this Geen Monkey in action. Very good sharpness and details, not easy to take in the shadow. Beautiful natural colours and an excellent composition.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-23 8:32]

Hi James. I like the Pose in this picture of the Green Monkey. Taken wit hgood detail and such natural colours .Showing its very long tail. All with interesting notes. TFs.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-01-23 8:55]

Hello James
Wonderful green monkey!\
Very sharp details and lovely light.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-23 9:39]

Hello James
Very nice capture of this capture...thanks for sharing

HiJames. Very beautiful action capture of this green monkey.
Details, composition and your POV are great.
Kind regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-23 12:27]

Hello James,
Perfect timing to get this nice pose. I like the fresh colors in this picture. The Green Monkey is in perfect focus. TFS this fine image.Best regards Siggi

A fine specimen indeed in an artistic posture James, captured in fine focus, but I think a little more exposure would produce a more illuminated image. This looks more like a semi-silhouette because of the bright BG.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-23 13:56]

Hi James,
Very nice capture of this monkey.I liked POV,sharpness,framing and composition a lot.Have a nice weekend!
Thanks for posting..

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-01-23 15:23]

Hello James, great action shot of a jumping monkey with nice composition and POV.
TFS and G's,

Hello James
today's post is from Senegal. this is very nice capture for lovely Green Monkey with great timing, POV and composition. focus and light using also great. notes good and informative as always. thanks for sharing, best wishes

hello James

excellent action photo of this monkey prise sur le vif, fine POV
and appropriate framing, superb focus sharpness and details, TFS


hello James,
a very good action scene of wild life,with this Green Monkey, it's a fine photo output!
keep photographing! TFS

Hello James,
a fantastic capture of the Green Monkey taken with great timing in a spectacular posture, superb sharpness and very good contrast of colours, excellent POV and composition with a very beautiful environment.
Best regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-01-24 9:30]

Hello James,
A fine lateral view capture of a Green Monkey.
I like the pose on the tree trunk and the composition is excellent with a pleasing OOF natural BG to make it stand out.
Thanks and have a good week,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-01-25 1:33]

Hello James,
I like the dynamic aspect of this shot. Excellent composition with the tree-trunk placed diagonally and the vivid attitude of the Green Monkey. Very pleasing background too. Beautiful and natural shot. Always interesting to see rarely shown species on TN!
Kind regards

Hi Bro James,

Superb action capture! The composition looks absolutely flawless, very well focussed too. Your side POV, DOF, details and composition are all incredible!
TFS and Have a nice new week!


Hello again James, great action shot of this pretty monkey.
TFS and regards,

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