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Patas monkey
Erythrocebus patas

CONSERVATION STATUS

CITES: Appendix II (What is CITES?)
IUCN Red List: E. patas: LC (What is Red List?)
Key: LC = Least concern
(Click on species name to see IUCN Red List entry, including detailed status assessment information.)

Erythrocebus patas
Photo: Anne & Ron Carlson

According to Oates (1996), patas were assigned to the lowest threat level among African primates and were considered to be a low risk species. Typically, primates that live in savanna and dry forest are less endangered due to expansive distributions (Oates 1996).

CONSERVATION THREATS

Threat: Harvesting (hunting/gathering)

In areas where bushmeat has economic importance, patas monkeys are reported to be taken as such (Bowen-Jones & Pendry 1999). Due to their large numbers, this practice has not as of yet substantially affected their numbers. However, like any species taken for bushmeat, as human populations grow and the importance of bushmeat to local and national economies grows, the threat can only increase. Patas monkey remains can also be found in markets of traditional medicine in Nigeria and this use may represent another threat to their populations (Sodeinde & Soewu 1999).

Threat: Persecution

In East African areas where patas ranges abut cropland, patas monkeys occasionally participate in crop raiding and use their high speed to escape when spotted by farmers (Lee & Priston 2005). Crop raiding by patas may result in retaliatory killing and represents a conflict trend that will increase with additional human land use (see Chism 2005).

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Content last modified: December 18, 2006

Written by Kurt Gron. Reviewed by Karin Enstam.

Cite this page as:
Gron KJ. 2006 December 18. Primate Factsheets: Patas monkey (Erythrocebus patas) Conservation . <http://pin.primate.wisc.edu/factsheets/entry/patas_monkey/cons>. Accessed 2014 October 24.