Declining primate populations – where samangos and humans meet

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.

Friends in high places: The vervet (Chlorocebus pygerythrus)/samango (Cercopithecus albogularis labiatus) relationship

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.

Dargle (Site 1) sighting: November 6, 2017

Date: November 6, 2017 Time: Early morning, approx. 05h55 Region where seen: Dargle Number of samangos: Approximately 15 samangos, adults and juveniles, including two females each carrying tiny baby, and one large adult male.   Habitat: Foraging in a large indigenous fig tree on the edge of indigenous forest Observations: On a very misty morning, … Continue reading Dargle (Site 1) sighting: November 6, 2017

Dargle (Site 1) sighting: October 30, 2017

Date: October 30, 2017 Time: Early morning, approx. 06h10 Region where seen: Dargle Number of samangos: Approximately 17 samangos, adults and juveniles, including one female with tiny baby, and one large adult male.   Habitat: foraging in a large fig tree (probably a Forest Fig) in a paddock on the edge of indigenous forest Observations: … Continue reading Dargle (Site 1) sighting: October 30, 2017

About samango monkeys in the KZN Midlands

The scientific name for samango monkeys used by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is Cercopithecus mitis (synonym Cercopithecus albogularis). Common names in English include Samango, Blue Monkey, Diademed Monkey, Golden Monkey and Sykes' Monkey. There are 17 subspecies of Cercopithecus mitis in Africa, with some subspecies being endemic to specific regions. Countries … Continue reading About samango monkeys in the KZN Midlands

Please report sightings of samangos

Reporting sightings of samango monkeys in the study areas will be extremely helpful to the project. We would be most grateful to anyone living or working in the Balgowan, Dargle, Karkloof/Mbona or Fort Nottingham areas, or even visiting the region, who is willing to contribute to the project by reporting on any samango sightings. How to … Continue reading Please report sightings of samangos