Vervet Monkey, (CERCOPITHECUS PYGERYTHRUS), captured in “The Kruger National Park” South African on a recent vacation.

NIKON D50
Sigam 70-300mm DG

These are locally common and widely distibuted 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 savanna 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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Comments

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1over 5 years ago

    what a marvellously tender capture – brilliant mags!!

  • tHANK YOU SO MUCH, been more off than on lately and I must admit > just so wonderful to still get such wonderful and kind comments, thank you so much, I really appreciate it ! Take care xxx

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  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottover 5 years ago

    wonderful moving capture Mags

  • Thank you so much Robert, really appreciate your time and kind comment, take care !

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  • Anne-Marie Bokslag
    Anne-Marie Bok...over 5 years ago

    Wow mags what a lovely picture of this mother and child. And many thanks for the information about these species!

  • As kind as always with your inspiring comments, thank you dear Anne-Marie, I really appreciate it and you know, my greatest reward is your “enjoyment”, take care dear friend xxxx

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  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...over 5 years ago

    aww such a sweet shot,dawnx

  • So good to see you again dear dawn, I really miss you all so much and I appreciate your wonderful support. Thank you so much and do “take care” hugs xx

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  • Sensiworld
    Sensiworldover 5 years ago

    Lovely shot !

  • Thank you so much Sylv, appreciate your support and very kind comments dear friend, take care xxx

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  • lacitrouille
    lacitrouilleover 5 years ago

    I love the quality of this photo, the clarity and rendering of colours. Wonderfully tender. :)

  • What a wonderful and very inspiring comment Lacitrouille, really take it to heart, thank you so much, take care ! xx

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  • helene
    heleneover 5 years ago

    Wonderful and moving mags :o)

  • Thank you so much for your kind comment Helene, I really appreciate it, take care xx

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  • jinney
    jinneyover 5 years ago

    This is so beautiful and touches my heart and soul!
    A stunning image!
    -jinney

  • Thank you so much for your wonderful and inspiring comment jinney, no money can give me a greater pleasure! Take care dear friend xxx

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  • pat oubridge
    pat oubridgeover 5 years ago

    What a treasure to capture Mags…..soooooo beautiful…….xxxxx

  • Thank you so much dear Pat, miss you all so much, so good to see you! big hug xxx

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  • Jan Landers
    Jan Landersover 5 years ago

    what a most precious shot, my friend…..

  • How wonderful to see you again dear Jan and thank you so much for your inspiration, I really miss all my dear friends at RB so much, wish I could spend more time here, just lights up my days so much! Big hug and take care xxx

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