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  

Secrets of the Forests

Sunday, April 2, 2017 “......its drifting fragrance climbed up through my conscious mind as if suddenly the roots I had left behind cried out to me, the land I had lost with my childhood – and I stopped, wounded by the wandering scent”. Pablo Neruda The samango monkey (our research species)  being South Africa’s only … Continue reading Secrets of the Forests


Non-invasive methods will be used to collect data about troop size, sex/age rations, behaviour, and food sources by means of focal or scan ethograms, using wildlife trap cameras, digital photographs and collecting fecal samples . The relatively recent development of non-invasive genetic analysis has allowed primatologists to better understand the population and group dynamics of wild … Continue reading Methodology

Background to the research project

The samango monkey is South Africa’s only exclusively forest-dwelling primate. South African forests are highly fragmented and form the country’s smallest biome (ecological community), covering only about 0.1% of the country. Loss and fragmentation of habitat is the greatest threat to primates worldwide and also to samango monkey populations in South Africa. Samango monkeys play … Continue reading Background to the research project