Baboons (Papio ursinas) – From the Magaliesberg to the Midlands

What is it about nonhuman primates that they are capable of transforming our perception? “I was only truly happy when I was with the baboons. They were my emotional center and an important part of me remained with them even if I was physically distant”; wrote anthropologist Shirley Strum who had been studying olive baboons … Continue reading Baboons (Papio ursinas) – From the Magaliesberg to the Midlands

Can the Vervet Monkey and Samango Monkey Hybridise?

The blonde samangos of Cape Vidal were first brought to my attention when reading  Thomas M Butynski and Yvonne A de Jong’s 2009 paper: Three Sykes's Monkey Cercopithecus mitis × Vervet Monkey Chlorocebus pygerythrus Hybrids in Kenya. While some scientists have suggested that these blonde samangos are samango monkey X vervet monkey hybrids, Butynski and de Jong suggest that they are more likely to be erythristic or partially albino. Given our research to date on the alliances formed by vervet monkeys and samango monkeys in the midlands, and noting this phenomenon elsewhere, the feasibility of hybridisation between these two intergeneric species that are remarkably different as far as the amount of chromosomes they have, their behaviour and the different ecological niches they inhabit is never far from my mind. It is important to note that in the unlikely event that hybridisation may occur between these species that are genetically distant, a hybrid would probably be infertile. However, such a phenomenon would offer valuable information about populations.

Wildlife in the midlands, Kwazulu Natal – trail cam footage

Below is a playlist showing wildlife captured by our trail camera in the midlands, Kwazulu Natal. Tuesday, August 8, 2017   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRlcSVo-o00&feature=youtu.be