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

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

Meeting Fort Nottingham’s Samango Monkeys

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 Fort Nottingham is a charming village in the Midlands, Kwazulu-Natal, known for its historical museum housed within an old fort, a small town hall and a nature reserve comprising forest, grassland and wetland, which is inhabited by a number of wild species. We headed out there to meet Fort Nottingham’s samangos … Continue reading Meeting Fort Nottingham’s Samango Monkeys

Using Trail Cameras to Capture Data

Thursday, August 31, 2017 Foraging on the ground - what are they eating? Although the samango monkey is mostly restricted to forest habitat, they are sometimes seen foraging on the ground, hence using trail cameras to obtain data can be useful for understanding where they are present, behaviour, troop size, other species coexisting with them … Continue reading Using Trail Cameras to Capture Data

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