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.

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

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