Length (excluding tail) 50–60cm. Weight 5–8kg.
Known also as moloney's monkey in Zambia, the samango monkey throughout southern Africa, as the golden monkey in southwest Uganda, as Sykes monkey in Kenya and as the diademed or white-throated guenon in some field guides. This most variable monkey is divided by some authorities into several species. It is unlikely to be confused with the vervet monkey, as blue monkeys have a dark blue-grey coat, which becomes reddish towards its tail. Its underside is lighter, especially its throat.
These monkeys live in troops of up to ten animals and associate with other primates where their ranges overlap. They live in evergreen forests, and so are most likely to be seen around the Copperbelt and North-Western Provinces, or north of Kasanka. However, they occur as far south as the Lower Zambezi National Park and are resident along the Luangwa's Muchinga Escarpment.