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Vervet Monkey

Unread postby s021700 » Fri Apr 29, 2005 3:18 pm

I was up at Bontebok for the weekend, I left early but some friends stayed on for a few more days. On monday 18th april they had a Vervet Monkey come down into their camp. It was very hungry and raided their tent. They called the ranger who got very excited as it was the first sighting of a vervet in the park.

This lead to all sorts of theories as to how it got there. The river had resently subsided from a flooding, my theory runs that it came down the Brede - does anyone else think this is possible :?

I will post a photo has soon as I get it.
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Unread postby Guinea Pig » Sat Apr 30, 2005 9:14 pm

This is an interesting one. You're so used to seeing Vervets everywhere you go, you won't expect them to be a rare sighting anywhere. :?

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Sat Apr 30, 2005 9:48 pm

My thoughts exactly! Bet the day is going to come that the ranger is going to be sorry the monkeys ever found their way into that Park...

I still love to watch their antics - very entertaining characters.

I have even had them all over the grapevine growing at the entrance to our house!
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Sun Jun 12, 2005 6:05 pm

Do you know that vervets have four different alarm calls - one for large predators, one for large snakes and one for baboons. They do not have a different alarm call for man - they use the same one for man as for baboon. Clever or what :?:

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Unread postby gwendolen » Thu Sep 15, 2005 4:32 pm

I think it's sad some people still see them as vermin.

They are also natural barbers! Other mammals, like small buck and duikers are groomed by them and this removes parasites and inevitably prevents disease.

I would just love to see this. I love watching monkeys. I can do so for hours. :lol:

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Unread postby richardharris » Thu Sep 15, 2005 11:40 pm

When staying at Olifants we observed their carniverous nature - or at least their attempts! A pair of redwinged starling were trying to get their youngster to fly - we had been watching for a while. A small troup of vervet were just outside the fence foraging in the bushes; a large male noticed the youngster and immediately came over the fence on some larger branches and tried to attack. The parents bravely flew at the monkey - and I grabbed a broom (not sure if I should have interfered!). The young starling tried to fly off down the cliff face and was pursued by the monkey troup.

Fortunately it seemed to have escaped as it re-appeared several hours later.

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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri Sep 16, 2005 11:45 am

I love these monkeys.
One thing I have noticed is how monkey and baboon troops often have a few imapla in tow. My children and I often refer to the impies as their pets.
One of my loveliest sightings was of a young vervet and a young impala playing "tag" in a grove of trees.
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Unread postby fevertree » Mon Sep 19, 2005 12:07 pm

Photographed this in the Park yesterday.....
The monkeys are evolving :lol: :shock: :lol:
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Unread postby richardharris » Mon Sep 19, 2005 6:22 pm


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Unread postby Jumbo » Wed Jul 26, 2006 10:48 am

richardharris wrote:When staying at Olifants we observed their carniverous nature - or at least their attempts! A pair of redwinged starling were trying to get their youngster to fly - we had been watching for a while. A small troup of vervet were just outside the fence foraging in the bushes; a large male noticed the youngster and immediately came over the fence on some larger branches and tried to attack. The parents bravely flew at the monkey - and I grabbed a broom (not sure if I should have interfered!). The young starling tried to fly off down the cliff face and was pursued by the monkey troup.


This past weekend a vervet caught and ate a grown guinea fowl at our bush house …we ourselves did not witness the “kill” …somebody else however did, and we saw the remains. I was very surprised about it…but now that I read Richard’s post it seems that it is not out of the ordinary. :shock:

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Unread postby Elsa » Wed Jul 26, 2006 11:03 am

My Field Guide of Mammals states that their diet consists of a wide range of fruits, flowers, leaves, gums and seeds, and when the opportunity occurs, invertebrates and small vertebrates such a nestling birds.
Interesting, but then again I guess Baboons also become carniverous from time to time as well.
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Unread postby bert » Sat Aug 19, 2006 2:17 pm

This one didn't want his mugshot taken at Nkuhlu
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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sat Aug 19, 2006 7:32 pm

That is so funny, Bert. :lol: :lol:
On my last trip I heard my car alarm go off.
I ran to have a look to see what was happening.
I had inadvertently left my back windows open and a couple of monkeys were having a great time.
The one jumped out when I arrived, but the other little one was in my driver's seat and just shouted back at me. He was after a blister pack of anti-inflammatory tablets that I had used for a running injury.
He grabbed the packet and ran off.
I was very worried at that point. If he had taken even one it would cause kidney failure.
I stood under the tree trying to get him to drop it.
:redface: :redface: :redface: never try to reason with a monkey.
The little devil gave me a look of defiance and opened the pack and bit into the first tablet.
:shock: :shock: :shock:
Have you ever seen a monkey grimace.
These pills are really bitter.
Next thing my pack of tablets was at my feet.
Needless to say, I was very relieved and the little blighter lived to see another day.
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Unread postby MarkWildDog » Wed Sep 20, 2006 5:39 pm

At Tshokwane Picnic Spot:
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Unread postby Elsa » Wed Sep 20, 2006 7:48 pm

Looks like he is waiting for his lunch to arrive Mark. :D
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