How to Draw a Vervet Monkey

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Vervet Monkey in 7 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Vervet Monkey.

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How to Draw a Vervet Monkey - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Let's draw a Vervet monkey! Simply draw a circle for the head, making the top of the monkey's head a bit wider than the bottom.

Step 2: Color in two ovals for the eyes, trace two short lines for the nostrils and trace two curved lines for the mouth. Also, draw an ear and trace a curved line around the eyes and mouth to outline the face.

Step 3: From the side of the head, draw a long arm, then trace the fingers at the end.

Step 4: From the other side of the head, draw the other arm like you did the first one.

Step 5: From the first hand, draw the leg now by tracing two curved lines with a foot at the end. Here's a tip: make the toes long!

Step 6: Next, draw the other leg much like you did the first.

Step 7: Last is the tail! Trace a tail that is skinny and that curls to the side. Be careful not to make the end too pointy! Your Vervet monkey is now done! Did you know that the Vervet monkey has mannerisms and behaviors that are very close to that of us humans? They can experience human-like traits, like hypertension, anxiety and even alcohol addiction!

Interesting Facts about the Vervet Monkey

The Vervet Monkey is actually studied by scientists who want to learn more about humans work. This is because their mannerisms and behavior are very close to those of humans. Vervet Monkeys have experienced such human-like traits as anxiety, hypertension, and even an addiction to alcohol!

Did you know?

  • Vervet Monkeys are mainly herbivores, which means they usually only eat plants.
  • Groups of Vervet Monkeys of between 10 and 50 monkeys like to live together. This makes them a great subject to study when scientists want to learn more about how they communicate with each other, especially when trying to get the attention of a family member or when trying to warn the group of a predator.
  • There are four definite predators of the Vervet Monkey: pythons, leopards, baboons, and eagles.
  • If a Vervet Monkey spots one of these four predators, it will let out a different call, depending on whichever predator it is.

Speaking of different calls, a mother Vervet Monkey can tell which baby is her own simply by the sound of its scream. When a baby Vervet Monkey screams, it will get the attention of all of the mother monkeys, but the one that is its actual mother takes less time to look for the scream and spends more time looking in the direction from where the scream came.