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Vervet Monkey, (CERCOPITHECUS PYGERYTHRUS), captured in “The Kruger National Park” SOUTH AFRICA

Camera Nikon D50
Lens Sigma 70-300mm DG
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These are locally common and widely distributed in Southern and central Africa. They are unmistakable and well known. The “Afrikaans” name, blue monkey, is confusing in that the central African species, diademed guenon (C> mitis), which is closely related to the samango monkey and not the vervet, is also known as the blue monkey, The vervet, in turn, is very closely related to the green monkey (C, aethiops) of northern Africa.
They are diurnal, arboreal monkeys, which are equally at home on the ground. They are gregarious and form troops of up to 20 animals which peacefully aggregate into large groups ate water holes or feeding grounds. The troop has a dominant male which maintains its status with grimacing and threatening gestures. Fights are usually one-sided, with lower-scale animal redirecting its anger not at its attacker, but in turn to an animal of a lower status. Vocalisation is rather quiet in the wild state. The male utters a harsh ‘kek-kek-kek’ as territory demarcation. They chirp and twitter in inter-troop communication, scream in alarm and terror.
Predominantly inhabitants of savannah woodlands they will penetrate deep into unsuitable habitat along treed water courses, and may even establish there if vegetation is suitable, hence their presence along the reverine woodland of the Orange and Vaal rivers, although they are absent from the surrounding countryside,
Vervets sleep together in small groups, with similar status animals together. The troop is extremely protective of a juvenile.
They are prey to most large predators, including leopard, caracal, serval, baboon, large raptors, particularly the crowned eagle and pythons.
Usually one young, more rarely twins, is produced.
Food: Fruit, flowers, seed pods and leaves, as well as the gum of Acacia species, insects, caterpillars, spiders, lizards, bird’s eggs and young birds.
They are serious pests near to human habitation, where fearless pillaging of foodstuffs, even from inside the house, is common – also raid fruit and other crops causing considerable damage.

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  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 1 year ago

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 1 year ago

    Very nice capture

  • jainiemac
    jainiemacabout 1 year ago


  • Thank you so much for the honor jainiemac!

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  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedabout 1 year ago

    08-28-13 Congratulations!
    Your outstanding work has been featured in ART UNIVERSE

  • Thank you so much for the feature Kira, I am humbly honored x

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesabout 1 year ago

    Such an adorable capture, great information!

  • Thank you so much Angie x

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  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...about 1 year ago

    28 August 2013 – 1 image per 24hrs

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageabout 1 year ago

  • David Clarke
    David Clarkeabout 1 year ago

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreabout 1 year ago

    This is just so remarkable; with those piercing eyes; surrounded by the fur. Captivating!

  • Thanks so much for visiting and your lovely comment Frannie x

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • John44
    John44about 1 year ago

    Dit maakt de kijker / viewer sprakeloos..
    Zoooo mooi !!
    Werk van een PRO !!

  • Baie dankie vir jou besoek en baie mooi “comment” John, dankie vir die FAV, ’n groot eer vir my!

    – Magaret Meintjes

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