It looks like a cat, in both the proportions of its body and its gracious movements. Its white face has a dark nose and patches around the eyes; the lower limbs are whitish grey in colour. It uses its characteristic tail for visual and odorous signalling. It is very sociable, forming groups of 5-25 specimens, with a nucleus of adult females that display a well defined hierarchy amongst themselves and over any male.
The juvenile females remain with their mothers and sisters, juvenile males move to other groups. The loss of habitat and hunting are the main causes for concern. Their area of distribution will continue to diminish due to the burn-off practice to create new grazing lands for livestock and the felling of trees for the production of charcoal. This species is also hunted for food and as a pet.