Observing Bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus) in the company of baboons and monkeys is a relatively common sight in South Africa. It's thought they have a symbiotic relationship, one that assists both species to outwit a lurking predator or make food more accessible. But how much do we know about their interactions?
A bank bordering indigenous forest and a paddock has proved to be a feeding site of this samango troop in Dargle. In the video below, captured by one of our trail cameras, an adult female and three juveniles feed on yellow flowers: a Senecio species.
It is 2018, the 4th of January. Myself and assistant DB are leopard-crawling through mud while clinging vines and thorn branches obstruct our mission: that being to locate the identity behind the primate “pyow” vocalizations at the site of the vervet monkey sleeping tree at 6.30 am. “If only we could move through the trees the way they do”, DB says looking up into densely packed branches that stretch over forty metres high.
"It's well known that big animals such as primates, large fruit-eating birds, elephants, and other seed-dispersing animals disappear in forests that have been fragmented or heavily hunted. These animals often find the limited universe of a forest fragment too small for survival, or vanish when killed off by poachers armed with rifles and snares." Spider … Continue reading Carbon collapse in fragmented forests
Sixty percent of primate species are heading towards extinction According to the most recent scientific assessment, human influence has caused 60% of wild primate species to head towards extinction with three quarters declining steadily.
While following up on the fascinating relationship between two species at one of our study sites - a matrix habitat where humans and nonhuman primates co-exist - we came across the vervets and samangos eating small yellowish, hairless, figs plucked off the branches of an evergreen Forest fig.
Two days ago while driving along the main road in Dargle Valley, an adult male samango monkey ran across the road in front of my vehicle then disappeared into a Bluegum plantation. It is believed that samango troops do not wander far away from the forest patches they live in, but this is not the case for the bachelor males who leave their natal troops around the age of six years.