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

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