Dispersing Samango Males – Karkloof and Dargle
23rd July, 2018
Silence saturated the air after Lizzie and I left Mbona Private Nature Reserve’s (http://mbona.co.za/) tranquil, indigenous forest where we’d spent a few hours deep in the forest watching samango monkeys.
Turning off Karkloof Road, onto a hazy road, in the direction of Karkloof Canopy Tours (https://www.canopytour.co.za/locations/karkloof/ ), we hoped to stumble on more primate pranks.
Like alien wattle invading indigenous forest, the melody of Country Roads Take Me Home abruptly entered my thoughts as I noticed the familiar form of a lone monkey clinging to a bare branch, midway up a tree, bordering a dusty track ahead surrounded by large tracts of flat modified land.
Dispersing male samango – Karkloof
Mindful of the vulnerable life that lone, dispersing primates endure when crossing human populated areas, where hazards like cars, electric pylons, dogs and other risks alter their path, as they sometimes learn harsh life lessons for the first time without the protection of a troop, I swung the Kia in the direction of the monkey.
Were we looking at a samango or vervet?
If the primate in question was a forest specialist, albeit one we sometimes see on the ground, the habitat seemed slightly out of synch. Once we’d approached, the partially white tail, typical of subspecies (Cercopithecus albogularis labiatus) peeked out from behind the tree trunk, identifying the monkey as a samango.
Earler that month on the 10th June, along the D17 in Dargle, we’d come across a single male samango perched on a pine branch (pictured below), staring in the direction of a poultry farm in Dargle.
Dispersing male samango – Dargle Valley
A while later, the male descended then headed along the ground towards the poultry farm before making his way back to the safety of the Pine. Continue reading “Samango Monkey Research Project – Update, August 2018”