Can you see me?
Lets try to zoom in….
Ok – so my photo-zooming abilities are really bad on this PC – I don’t have the right tools – so this is really blurry now but you can see the monkey…right?
These are my very favorite animals to watch when sitting in the bush. It’s like having your own personal circus perform for you. They are so funny. The moms carry their babies under their tummies and swing from tree to tree – babies clinging on precariously. The have a fairly complex social system so you watch all the interaction (including a few swats and smacks they give each other). They tend to over dramatize things – especially if they are getting into trouble and will roll around in (fake) agony if the have been smacked. – then they see something more interesting and suddenly forget all about their beating and start scratching at something in the ground – like they have ADHD – or should I say ADOS – Attention deficit..oooh shiny…..
We see this troop everyday on our way to and from work and school – they like to play in the road and wait till the very last minute to scamper into the bush to let us pass. They love raiding the farmers fruit trees. They can be very naughty if they get into your house – they steal everything they can lay their hands on and make quite a mess yet they are less destructive of fixed property than baboons. People who live in areas with monkeys learn quickly how to make their houses monkey-proof.
They know how to open food containers and fridges – so you need to be a little more ingenious – or make sure that you put everything away and that they can’t get into your home. I’ve had one steal a Tupperware container holding my Milo powder (choc malt hot drink) – he sat up in the tree watching me while he opened the container, ate all the milo then threw the container at me before leaping off into the neighbouring trees.
The Vervet Monkey (Chlorocebus pygerythrus), is an Old World monkey in the family Cercopithecidae. The Vervet Monkey ranges throughout much of Southern and East Africa, being found from Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan and south to South Africa. This monkey inhabits savanna lands and mountains up to 4000 m.
Vervet Monkeys use different sounds to warn of different types of predators. For instance, Vervets have distinct calls to warn of the sighting of a leopard, a snake, or an eagle.
Young Vervet Monkeys appear to have an innate tendency to make these alarm calls, and adult monkeys seem to give positive reinforcement when the young make the right call, by repeating the alarm. Negative reinforcement has also been observed. One researcher reported seeing a mother run up a tree after her infant gave a “leopard” alarm. But there was no leopard — just a harmless mongoose — and when the mother caught up with her infant, she gave it a smack.
Although non-human primates in South Africa are listed on C.I.T.E.S as a species that could become threatened if populations are not monitored, these species are not monitored and their true status remains unknown.
In spite of low predator populations in many areas where human development has encroached on wild territories, this species is killed by electricity pylons, vehicles, dogs, pellet guns, poison, and bullets and is trapped for traditional medicine, bush meat, and for biomedical research.
There is an invasive breeding population in Florida USA. It is believed that they escaped from the Tarzan Set in the 1950s, or possibly a road show.
This species was known in ancient Egypt including the Red Sea Mountains and the Nile Valley. From fresco artworks found in Akrotiri on the Mediterranean island of Santorini there is evidence that the Vervet Monkey was known to the inhabitants of this settlement around 2000 BC.