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Samango Monkey

Unread postby EricExSA » Wed Mar 09, 2005 11:54 pm

Samango monkey (Cercopithecus mitis)

Males are larger than females, males have a mass of 7 to 9 Kg and females 4 to 5 Kg.
The tail is a third longer than the body.
The coat of the head and the shoulders is dark grey to black.
Facial skin, feet, hands and lower limbs are black.
Upper limbs and flanks are paler than the shoulders.
Belly and throat are a creamy white.
The muzzles of males protrude to accommodate the enlarged canines.
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Jul 06, 2006 6:48 am

I remember someone told me once that they have seen samangoes close to crooks corner.
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Unread postby Jumbo » Thu Jul 06, 2006 8:07 am

I have only seen one once and that wasn’t in Kruger….was in Mozambique. I think a sighting in Kruger has to be really something special. I believe however that people who see monkeys in northern Kruger immediately presume that it is Vervets…do not take the time to look closer.
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Unread postby MarkWildDog » Mon Jul 17, 2006 3:38 pm

Ja. The Samangos are only found in the Pafuri / Punda Maria area in Kruger .

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Unread postby bucky » Mon Jul 17, 2006 4:17 pm

The best (only ?) road to see them is along the pafuri river .

So if you see monkeys there , look carefully , they arent that easy to tell apart up in the trees and shade .

I have seen them also in unmentionable places .

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Unread postby Imberbe » Tue Jul 18, 2006 12:22 am

Kruger is only marginally Samango area, since they are true forest apes. Vervets tend to spend a lot of time on the ground (though less than baboons) and are regarded as a bridge species between forest and savanna apes.

Samangos needs forests of which there is very little in Kruger. Pafuri is almost the only area in which they would be found in Kruger.

Between 1982-88 some 95 Samangos from Entabeni near Louis Trichardt was released along the Luvuvu river. The re settlement is not regarded as having been very successful, and Samangos is only occasionally seen in this area (Pafuri).

If you have seen a Samango in Kruger, you are very lucky! :wink:
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Unread postby katydownunder » Sun Jul 23, 2006 11:18 am

Oh I would love to see Samango Monkeys in Kruger! 8)

Here is a an article I could find about Samangos in KNP:

http://www.krugerpark.co.za/krugerpark-times-2-21-samango-monkey-21398.html

So maybe Jumbo is right and you have to be in Moz or in 'parts unmentionable on this forum' to see them.
But next time in the Pafuri/Crooks Corner area I will certainly keep my eyes open for them, and maybe...... :wink:

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Unread postby madach » Sun Jul 23, 2006 12:16 pm

When I was in the Makuleke last year I asked the guides of Pafuri lodge if they'd ever seen Samango monkeys in their area. According to them there were no Samango's in the Makuleke anymore :cry:

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Unread postby Wild about cats » Wed Aug 16, 2006 5:39 pm

I have seen them before-only they were in a mountainous area near Kruger, cant remember where.
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Unread postby christo » Wed Aug 16, 2006 5:55 pm

Seen them many years ago on my first trip to Kruger in the Pafuri area. I never took much notice of them, as I did not realise they were so scarce.

I've never seen them since, so maybe they are not in the Makuleke area anymore. A pity though.
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Unread postby Wild about cats » Sat Aug 19, 2006 1:47 pm

You're right, it will be a pity. They are really a charming animal to watch. A bit like vervets, really.

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Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Sun Oct 22, 2006 12:47 pm

During a trip to *** in July I snapped this one. He seems to be lighter in colour than the norm - maybe some albino genes?

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Unread postby MarkWildDog » Tue Nov 28, 2006 10:26 am

Samango Monkey
(Cercopithecus mitis)

Ger: Diadem Meerkatze.
Fre: Cercopitheque a diademe.
Afr: Samango-aap.
Xho: Intsimango.
Zul: Insimango.

Mass: 3,5-12 kg.
Head & body length: 43-70 cm.
Tail length: 66-87 cm.
ID Pointers:
- Grizzled blue-grey to reddish blue-grey long coarse hair.
- Blue-black face.
- Brown-black limbs & tail.
- Infants have pink faces.
Predators:
1. Leopard.
2. Python.
3. Crested Eagle.
4. Crowned Eagle.
Scent glands: None.
Senses: Very good.

DISTRIBUTION IN KNP:
Rare. Only occur marginally along the Luvuvhu River in the Pafuri area.

BEHAVIOUR:
Diurnal. Mainly arboreal. Troops are from 15-40 members, consisting of a dominant male, females, young & sometimes subordinate males. Troops are territorial, ranges of 0,1-1 km2 are defended. Females stay with their troops, while males move from troop to troop & they occasionally kill infants, to put females into oestrus. Enjoy lying in the sun & grooming themselves & other troop members. Often associate themselves with vervet monkey troops.
Calls: Croaks, grunts, growls, deep booms, loud 'pyow' barks, chirps & clicks.

REPRODUCTION:
A single infants of 400 g is born after a gestation of 4,5 months. Breeding in summer.

FOOD:
Fruit, seeds, leaves, flowers, sprouts, buds, gum, insects & small mammals. Water dependant.

HABITAT:
Rain-forests, secondary forests, woodlands & woodland savanna.

Sources:
- Field Guide to the mammals of the Kruger National Park by Heike Schutze.
- Field Guide to the larger mammals of Africa by Chris & Tilde Stuart.

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Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Wed Nov 29, 2006 5:59 am

Geographically the unmentionable place is situated on the KZN coast about 100 km north of Richard bay.

I am pleased that you also find the appearance of this monkey strange, at least different enough to raise questions regarding the possibility of it being something else than Samango.
But what can the explanation be?
The monkey was accompanied by a huge troop of Samangos that all have the typical Samango features, why just him with the differences.
It is certainly not a vervet monkey. So, what do you think?
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Nov 29, 2006 6:22 am

I like the way it stares at us... :lol:

JVR, I think it is a samango with leucism.
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