Found inhabiting the open grasslands of Central Africa Patas Monkeys are known to be the fastest among its species. Known as the Military Monkey because of their long limbs and short digits, this enables them to run at great speeds up to 35 mph.
Due to the fact that Patas Monkeys are found in more open areas, they have not been as affected by deforestation in the same way as many other primates.
The Patas Monkey has a long and slimly built body covered in shaggy fur, which is white in color on the underside and red on the back. Their long and powerful limbs are also white while their face is dark with a white moustache and beard, and a red cap with a heavy brow ridge that protects their eyes. They also have a distinctive black line that runs from the face up to the ear. Although male and female Patas Monkeys do look remarkably similar, the males tend to be larger in size and have a slight bump that protrudes from their head. Their lengthy limbs, hands and feet coupled with their short fingers and toes make them very adept at running at fast speeds across the open plains.