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.
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
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
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
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
To find out more about the project To report sightings of samangos in the three study site areas Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org