Assamese macaque sitting on tree vegetation

Old world monkeys

The Old World monkey family is, as its name suggests, native to the Old World - Europe, Africa and Asia - although the only European ones are the Gibraltar Barbary macaques. Members of this family include the baboons, langurs and rhesus monkeys, amongst others.

Scientific name: Cercopithecidae

Rank: Family


Map showing the distribution of the Old world monkeys taxa

The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

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When they lived

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BBC News about Old world monkeys